GENEVA / PALESTINE BAHRAIN HUMAN RIGHTS

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United Nations human rights office called on the Israeli authorities to conduct a “thorough, effective, impartial and independent investigation” into shooting a Palestinian child in the head during demonstrations in Kafr Qadum on 12 July and condemned “strongly” the execution of two Bahraini men and called upon the Bahraini authorities to establish “an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.” UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / PALESTINE BAHRAIN HUMAN RIGHTS
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DATELINE: 30 JULY 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, briefing room, Palais des Nations
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are very concerned by the critical condition of a nine-year-old Palestinian child, Abdul Rahman Shteiwi, after he was shot in the head by the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) on 12 July, in what appears to have been an example of excessive use of force. While it has been reported that the Israeli Defense Forces have opened an internal investigation, we call on the Israeli authorities to conduct a thorough, effective, impartial and independent investigation into the incident, and to make sure that those responsible for any wrongdoing are held accountable.”
3. Close up, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The incident occurred during a weekly protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus. While protesters were burning tires and throwing stones at the ISF, Israeli soldiers—after initially responding with rubber bullets and stun grenades—reportedly resorted to using live ammunition, without apparent reason to justify the move to use of lethal force.”
5. Cutaway: journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The shooting of Abdul Rahman is one of the latest in a long list of incidents in the occupied Palestinian Territory in which children and juveniles have been injured or killed in circumstances that strongly suggest excessive force was used by the ISF.”
7. Close up, hands
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Use of force must be exceptional, and lethal force should only be used in circumstances where there is an imminent threat of death or serious injury to security forces or other individuals, and in strict application of international human rights standards.”
9. Cut away, statement
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Once again, we urge Israel to review the rules of engagement of its security forces, and ensure they are in line with international standards, applicable in all countries.”
11. Wide shot, journalist in Briefing room
12. Med shot, journalists
13. Med shot, briefing room mural.
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We strongly condemn the execution on 26 July in Manama of two Bahraini citizens, Ali Mohamed Hakeem Al-Arab, 25, and Ahmed Isa Al-Malali, 24. The executions went ahead on Friday night, despite concerns expressed by the High Commissioner, following two earlier public statements by UN human rights experts,* about allegations that the men’s “confessions” were obtained through torture, and about lack of due process and fair trial guarantees.”
15. Cutaway, hands
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Al-Arab and Al-Malali were arrested separately in February 2017. They were both tried in a mass hearing with 58 other defendants and convicted in January 2018 just under a year later on charges of terrorism. They were sentenced to death.”
17. Wide shot, briefing room
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“In May 2019, the Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence, despite the fact that both clearly indicated that they were tortured to confess to crimes they had not committed.”
19. Close up, journalist
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are also very concerned about the future of other detainees who remain on death row in Bahrain and are at risk of imminent execution. We call on the Bahraini Government to halt all pending executions and ensure a retrial of these and other defendants whose rights may have been violated.”
21. Med shot, journalist
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We fully support the call by the UN experts for the Bahraini authorities to establish an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”
23. Med shot, attendee
24. Cutaway, typing
25. Med shot, podium

STORYLINE:

United Nations human rights office called on the Israeli authorities to conduct a “thorough, effective, impartial and independent investigation” into shooting a Palestinian child in the head during demonstrations in Kafr Qadum on 12 July and condemned “strongly” the execution of two Bahraini men and called upon the Bahraini authorities to establish “an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday (30 Jul) “we are very concerned by the critical condition of a nine-year-old Palestinian child, Abdul Rahman Shteiwi, after he was shot in the head by the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) on 12 July, in what appears to have been an example of excessive use of force. While it has been reported that the Israeli Defense Forces have opened an internal investigation, we call on the Israeli authorities to conduct a thorough, effective, impartial and independent investigation into the incident, and to make sure that those responsible for any wrongdoing are held accountable.”

According to several credible sources, this nine-year-old child, Abdul Rahman, was not taking an active part in the protest. He was reportedly over 100 meters away from the clashes, and manifestly did not present an imminent physical threat to the ISF.

Rupert Colville said “while protesters were burning tires and throwing stones at the ISF, Israeli soldiers—after initially responding with rubber bullets and stun grenades—reportedly resorted to using live ammunition, without apparent reason to justify the move to use of lethal force.”

This incident occurred at a weekly demonstration against the closure of the main access road from Kafr Qadum to the regional capital Nablus in the west Bank. The military blocked the road in the early 2000s, following the expansion of the adjacent settlement of Kadum. Since then, residents have been forced to use a bypass road that lengthens the journey by about half an hour.

The spokesperson said “the shooting of Abdul Rahman is one of the latest in a long list of incidents in the occupied Palestinian Territory in which children and juveniles have been injured or killed in circumstances that strongly suggest excessive force was used by the ISF.”

The shooting of Abdul Rahman is one of the latest in a long list of incidents in the occupied Palestinian Territory in which children and juveniles have been injured or killed in circumstances that strongly suggest excessive force was used by the ISF.

Colville said “use of force must be exceptional, and lethal force should only be used in circumstances where there is an imminent threat of death or serious injury to security forces or other individuals, and in strict application of international human rights standards*. Once again, we urge Israel to review the rules of engagement of its security forces, and ensure they are in line with international standards, applicable in all countries.”

OHCHR spokesperson also read a statement in which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the executions of two men in Bahrain held on the July 26.

“We strongly condemn the execution on 26 July in Manama of two Bahraini citizens, Ali Mohamed Hakeem Al-Arab, 25, and Ahmed Isa Al-Malali, 24. The executions went ahead on Friday night, despite concerns expressed by the High Commissioner, following two earlier public statements by UN human rights experts,* about allegations that the men’s “confessions” were obtained through torture, and about lack of due process and fair trial guarantees,” Colville read and continued to elaborate that “Al-Arab and Al-Malali were arrested separately in February 2017. They were both tried in a mass hearing with 58 other defendants, and convicted in January 2018 just under a year later on charges of terrorism. They were sentenced to death.”

He also said, “in May 2019, the Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence, despite the fact that both clearly indicated that they were tortured to confess to crimes they had not committed.”

In the statement read by Colville, the High Commissioner Bachelet said “we are also very concerned about the future of other detainees who remain on death row in Bahrain and are at risk of imminent execution. We call on the Bahraini Government to halt all pending executions and ensure a retrial of these and other defendants whose rights may have been violated.”

The high Commissioner also supported “the call by the UN experts for the Bahraini authorities to establish an official moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”
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