GENEVA / SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS

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In a statement read by her spokesperson today in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet rang the alarm at the apparent international indifference to the rising civilian death toll caused by a succession of airstrikes in Idlib and other parts of north-western Syria. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS
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DATELINE: 26 JULY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, briefing room Palais des Nations Geneva
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is today ringing the alarm at the apparent international indifference to the rising civilian death toll caused by a succession of airstrikes in Idlib and other parts of north-western Syria namely Hama and parts of rural Aleppo.”
3. Cutaway, hands
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Despite repeated calls by the United Nations to respect the principle of precaution and distinction in their conduct of hostilities, this latest relentless campaign of airstrikes by the government and its allies has continued to hit medical facilities, schools and other civilian infrastructure such as markets and bakeries, These are civilian objects, and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident, Intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes, and those who have ordered them or carried them out are criminally responsible for their actions”
5. Med shot, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The high Commissioner is saying she is concerned that the continued carnage in Syria is no longer on the international radar. Several hundreds of thousands of children, women and men have been killed in Syria since 2011 as the High Commissioner says there is so many causalities that it is no longer even possible to give a credible estimate .”
7. Cutaway, hands typing
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
Now, as the High Commissioner says the airstrikes kill and maim significant numbers of civilians several times a week, and the response seems to be a collective shrug, with the Security Council paralysed by the persistent failure of its five Permanent Members to agree to use their power and influence to stop the fighting and killing once and for all”
9. Close up, journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“This is a failure of leadership by the world’s most powerful nations, resulting in tragedy on such a vast scale that we no longer seem to be able to relate to it at all.”
11. Med shot, podium
12. Close up, journalist

STORYLINE:

In a statement read by her spokesperson today (26 Jul) in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet rang the alarm at the apparent international indifference to the rising civilian death toll caused by a succession of airstrikes in Idlib and other parts of north-western Syria.

At a briefing at the Palais des Nations, Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights read Michelle Bachelet statement.

“The High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is today ringing the alarm at the apparent international indifference to the rising civilian death toll caused by a succession of airstrikes in Idlib and other parts of north-western Syria namely Hama and parts of rural Aleppo,” said Colville.

At least ten different locations - eight in Idlib and two in rural Aleppo - have experienced civilian casualties as a result of airstrikes in the past ten days alone, causing a minimum of 103 civilian deaths, including at least 26 children. Three of the attacks took place on Wednesday, 25 July.

Colville said “despite repeated calls by the United Nations to respect the principle of precaution and distinction in their conduct of hostilities, this latest relentless campaign of airstrikes by the government and its allies has continued to hit medical facilities, schools and other civilian infrastructure such as markets and bakeries, These are civilian objects, and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident, Intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes, and those who have ordered them or carried them out are criminally responsible for their actions”

The spokesperson also said “The high Commissioner is saying she is concerned that the continued carnage in Syria is no longer on the international radar. Several hundreds of thousands of children, women and men have been killed in Syria since 2011 as the High Commissioner says there is so many causalities that it is no longer even possible to give a credible estimate.”
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