OHCHR / BACHELET SYRIA

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the continued killing and displacement of civilians in north-western Syria despite the announcement of a ceasefire nearly a week ago. UNTV CH

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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET SYRIA
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DATELINE: 17 JANUARY 2020 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, briefing room Palais des Nations Geneva
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemns the continued killing and displacement of civilians in north-western Syria despite the announcement of a ceasefire nearly a week ago. In a statement to be issued shortly the High Commissioner calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities in and around the ‘de-escalation’ zone of Idlib, and the protection of all civilians and civilian infrastructure.”
3. Med shot, journalists
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The main concern is for the safety of civilians who remain at serious risk, she says that while the pursuit of a ceasefire is, of course, to be encouraged, the latest agreement – as with others in the past year – has yet again failed to protect civilians.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Bachelet says it is deeply distressing that civilians are being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground. Women, men and children simply carrying out everyday activities at the workplace, in markets and in schools are being killed and maimed in senseless violence.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Despite the implementation of the ceasefire on 12 January and the establishment of safe corridors for civilians by the Government of Syria, civilians continued to be subjected to intensified bombardment as both pro-Government forces and non-State armed groups continued to fight and press military advantages on the ground, with an apparent disregard for international humanitarian law and the protection of all civilians. “
9. Close up, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Civilians continued to be killed before and during and after the ceasefire agreement.”
11. Close up, journalist
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“On 15 January, at least 15 male civilians, including two children, were killed and more than 60 civilians, including 18 children and four women wounded in air raids that hit an industrial area and the al-Hal markets which is vegetable market in the city of Idlib.”
13. Close up, hands
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“From the beginning of the escalation of hostilities in the de-escalation zone in Idlib and surrounding areas on 29 April 2019 up to 15 January this year, our monitoring team has verified incidents in which 1,506 civilians, including 293 women and 433 children, were killed. Of these, 75 civilians including 17 women and 22 children were in areas under the control of Government forces.”
15. Close up, podium Jeremy Laurence
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the violence and forced to traverse conflict zones. Some have fled to smaller territories in northern Idlib while others have crossed into areas in northern Aleppo that are under the control of Turkey-backed armed groups and where levels of violence in such areas remain high.”
17. Various shots, briefing room

STORYLINE:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the continued killing and displacement of civilians in north-western Syria despite the announcement of a ceasefire nearly a week ago.

At the United Nations briefing in Geneva today (17 Jan), spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Jeremy Laurence told reporters that the Human Rights chief called for the immediate cessation of hostilities in and around the ‘de-escalation’ zone of Idlib, and the protection of all civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Laurence said, “the main concern is for the safety of civilians who remain at serious risk, she says that while the pursuit of a ceasefire is, of course, to be encouraged, the latest agreement – as with others in the past year – has yet again failed to protect civilians.”

He continued, “Bachelet says it is deeply distressing that civilians are being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground. Women, men and children simply carrying out everyday activities at the workplace, in markets and in schools are being killed and maimed in senseless violence.”

The Spokesperson also said, “despite the implementation of the ceasefire on 12 January and the establishment of safe corridors for civilians by the Government of Syria, civilians continued to be subjected to intensified bombardment as both pro-Government forces and non-State armed groups continued to fight and press military advantages on the ground, with an apparent disregard for international humanitarian law and the protection of all civilians. “

He added, “civilians continued to be killed before and during and after the ceasefire agreement. “

Laurence also noted, “on 15 January, at least 15 male civilians, including two children, were killed and more than 60 civilians, including 18 children and four women wounded in air raids that hit an industrial area and the al-Hal markets which is vegetable market in the city of Idlib.”

He said, “from the beginning of the escalation of hostilities in the de-escalation zone in Idlib and surrounding areas on 29 April 2019 up to 15 January this year, our monitoring team has verified incidents in which 1,506 civilians, including 293 women and 433 children, were killed. Of these, 75 civilians including 17 women and 22 children were in areas under the control of Government forces. “

The Spokesperson also said, “hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the violence and forced to traverse conflict zones. Some have fled to smaller territories in northern Idlib while others have crossed into areas in northern Aleppo that are under the control of Turkey-backed armed groups and where levels of violence in such areas remain high.”
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