GENEVA / HRC BACHELET

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In her annual report to the Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she is concerned by “the apparently arbitrary arrest and detention, and alleged ill-treatment or torture, of several women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.” UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / HRC BACHELET
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DATELINE: 6 MARCH 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des nations
2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council chamber
3. Cutaway, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world, 14 are in Latin America and the Caribbean – while one in five women in the European Union have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner.”
5. Wide shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Today, allow me to voice my concern at the apparently arbitrary arrest and detention, and alleged ill-treatment or torture, of several women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. The persecution of peaceful activists would clearly contradict the spirit of the country’s proclaimed new reforms. We urge that these women be released.”
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The continuing movement of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to the United States is a result of failure to ensure that development reaches everyone – with persistent violations of rights leading to profound inequalities. The comprehensive development plan being developed by Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and ECLAC is a welcome response to this challenge, very much in line with the Global Compact for Migration.”
8. Cutaway, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“With several NGO vessels forced to suspend operations by measures that essentially criminalise solidarity, the ancient responsibility of rescue at sea is increasingly falling on merchant vessels – which are often ill-suited to such a task. In addition, some governments have refused entry to ships.”
10. Med shot, photographer
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In the Philippines, several sources now estimate that up to 27,000 people may have been killed in the context of the campaign against illegal drugs since mid- 2016. Despite serious allegations of extra-judicial killings, only one case – the widely reported killing of a teenage boy – has been subject to investigation and prosecution.”
12. Various shots, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In Yemen, I am deeply concerned by the suffering of civilians, despite the current ceasefire. This remains the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The conflict has not just killed and injured thousands of civilians. It has brought famine, deprived people of the most essential goods and services, and destroyed vital infrastructure and a unique cultural heritage. The debilitating consequences of injuries from airstrikes, shelling, landmines and acute malnutrition – especially for children – as a result of obstruction of humanitarian assistance, will scar the country's future for generations.”
14. Close up, woman taking a photo
15. Close up, Yemeni delegate
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It could be said that the major product of Gaza's economy is despair. The end of this month will mark one year since the start of demonstrations which – as the Council's Commission of Inquiry reported – have been met with deadly, disproportionate force by the Israeli Security Forces, leading to a very high toll of killings and injuries. I was disappointed to see the immediate dismissal of that report by Israel, without addressing any of the very serious issues raised.”
17. Med shot, cameraperson
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I remain particularly concerned about the rising toll of civilian deaths in Idlib governorate. All parties must ensure that the thousands of civilians fleeing formerly ISIL-held territory receive adequate protection and assistance.”
19. Various shots, Council in session

STORYLINE:

In her annual report to the Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she is concerned by “the apparently arbitrary arrest and detention, and alleged ill-treatment or torture, of several women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.”

The High Commissioner also said “of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world, 14 are in Latin America and the Caribbean – while one in five women in the European Union have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner.”

Addressing various human rights issues around the world, Bachelet said “the continuing movement of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to the United States is a result of failure to ensure that development reaches everyone – with persistent violations of rights leading to profound inequalities.”

She also praised “the comprehensive development plan being developed by Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and ECLAC” saying it is “a welcome response” to the migrant crisis, “very much in line with the Global Compact for Migration.”

The High Commissioner also commended Germany for helping migrants integrate into economy and society but she said that she is “troubled” by number of migrant fatalities in the Mediterranean Sea, “with several NGO vessels forced to suspend operations by measures that essentially criminalise solidarity, the ancient responsibility of rescue at sea is increasingly falling on merchant vessels – which are often ill-suited to such a task.”

226 migrant deaths were recorded so far this year.

Turning to the Philippines, Bachelet said “several sources now estimate that up to 27,000 people may have been killed in the context of the campaign against illegal drugs since mid- 2016.”

She underlined that “despite serious allegations of extra-judicial killings, only one case – the widely reported killing of a teenage boy – has been subject to investigation and prosecution.”


The High Commissioner said she is “deeply concerned by the suffering of civilians” in Yemen adding “this remains the world's worst humanitarian crisis.”

Bachelet said “the debilitating consequences of injuries from airstrikes, shelling, landmines and acute malnutrition – especially for children – as a result of obstruction of humanitarian assistance, will scar the country's future for generations.”

On Gaza, Bachelet said she was “disappointed to see the immediate dismissal” of the Human Rights Council’s report on use of “deadly, disproportionate force by the Israeli Security Forces” against Palestinian demonstrators.

She said, “it could be said that the major product of Gaza's economy is despair.”


The High Commissioner said she remains “particularly concerned about the rising toll of civilian deaths in Idlib governorate” of Syria, the last rebel stronghold in the country. She called upon all parties to “ensure that the thousands of civilians fleeing formerly ISIL-held territory receive adequate protection and assistance.”

In the rest of her speech, Bachelet focused on explaining how inequalities in income, wealth, access to resources, and access to justice constituted fundamental challenges to the principles of equality, dignity and human rights for every human being. She pointed out that even in prosperous States, people felt excluded from the benefits of development and deprived of economic and social rights, leading to alienation, unrest and sometimes violence. To achieve the 2030 Agenda, the world’s States needed to advance on tackling inequalities – inequalities of resources, income, power, access to justice and with respect to the basic conditions for human dignity.
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