GENEVA / EGYPT EXECUTIONS REAX

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United Nations Human Rights office is “concerned by the news from Egypt” where fifteen people have been executed so far this month. UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations.
2. Wide shot, United Nations press room.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are very concerned by the news from Egypt that a total of 15 people have been executed so far in the month of February alone and we are not through the month yet. This includes nine people who were executed on Wednesday and six others who were subjected to the death penalty earlier in the month.”
5. Close up, journalists typing.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): “During the trial, detailed accounts of the torture allegedly used to obtain confessions, were apparently ignored by the courts without due consideration.”
7. Close up, journalist.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR:
“Over the past few years, there has been a succession of cases of individuals being convicted in similar circumstances in Egypt amid disturbing reports of a lack of due legal proceedings.”
9. Med shot, podium.
10. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR:
“They are all killings for which the death penalty is permissible under international law although we urge, as you know, our common position at the UN is to advocate the abolition of the death penalty. But the issue here is fair trial, use of torture, forced confessions and so on.”
11. Med shot, podium from the back, UN logo.
12. Wide shot, journalists.
13. Med shot, journalists.
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15. Wide shot, press room, journalists.

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Fifteen death row inmates have been executed in Egypt so far this month despite claims from many that they were tortured to secure a confession, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday.
“We are very concerned by the news from Egypt that a total of 15 people has been executed so far in the month of February, including nine people who were executed on Wednesday and six others who were subjected to the death penalty earlier in the month,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said.

According to OHCHR, a number of individuals are on death row “and at imminent risk of execution” after being convicted after similar torture allegations.
In an appeal to the Egyptian authorities to halt all executions, Mr Colville insisted that where capital punishment was still permitted, trials “must meet the highest standards of fairness and due process” to prevent miscarriages of justice.

“Over the past few years, there has been a succession of cases of individuals being convicted in similar circumstances in Egypt amid disturbing reports of a lack of due legal proceedings,” he told journalists in Geneva.

On 20 February, nine individuals were executed for their involvement in the killing of Egypt’s General Prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, according to OHCHR.

“During the trial, detailed accounts of the torture allegedly used to obtain confessions, were apparently ignored by the courts without due consideration,” Mr Colville added.

On 13 February, three other individuals were hanged after being convicted of killing a police officer, General Nabil Farrag, according to the UN human rights office.
A week earlier, on 7 February, three men were executed in connection with the murder of the son of a judge.

“All of them had claimed before the courts that they had been disappeared, or detained incommunicado for prolonged periods, and were subjected to torture in order to make them confess to the crimes,” Mr Colville explained.

The allegations follow a UN Committee Against Torture probe which concluded in June 2017 that torture is “practised systematically” in Egypt, he added.

“They are all killings for which the death penalty is permissible under international law although we urge, as you know, our common position at the UN is to advocate the abolition of the death penalty,” Mr Colville said. “But the issue here is fair trial, use of torture, forced confessions and so on.”

The development echoes a similar OHCHR appeal to Cairo in January 2018 after it claimed that 20 people had been executed in a single week.
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