UN / HUMAN RIGHTS PEACE OPERATIONS

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Addressing the the Security Council’s first formal meeting on human rights in peace operations, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said, “only action to address the human rights violations inflicted on people can prevent the recurrence of conflict.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 07 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

07 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Only action to address the human rights violations inflicted on people can prevent the recurrence of conflict. This is the work that human rights components of peace operations are mandated and trained to do – by detecting and addressing the inequalities and grievances that underlie specific conflicts. As the COVID crisis deepens – challenging societies, economies and institutions in every region – this work by human rights components to support peace operations' delivery of their mandate, and to address root causes of conflict and instability, is becoming even more crucial.”
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Human rights are central to the Council’s mandate to maintain international peace and security. This principle has been consistently implemented, through the integration of human rights in the mandates of peace operations in the gravest crises threatening the world, and currently, 12 UN peace operations – six peacekeeping and six special political missions - have human rights components. These human rights components on the ground powerfully contribute to better protection; they bring missions closer to the people they serve, and foster the capacities of governments to advance inclusive development, rule of law, and peace.”
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6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative for South Sudan and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“The targeting and killing of innocent civilians has led to over two million people being refugees and 1.9 million people being displaced. People don’t just do that themselves. They do that because they are fearful of their lives or the lives of their families.”
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9. Wide shot, conference room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“Colleagues, excellencies, the world is facing its biggest crisis since 1945. More that half a million people have already died from a virus which we do not yet have a cure for, and many more could follow. The emergency tracking in the global economy will deepen humanitarian crises and destroy trust in state institutions.”
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“Today we know that a virus can be deadlier than a gun, that a cyber-attack can cause more harm than a soldier, and that climate change threatens more people than most conventional weapons. Closing our eyes to this reality means refusing to learn. What we need is early preventive action based on good reporting and adequate capacities in the United nations system. This is what maintaining peace and security means in the 21st century.”
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STORYLINE:

Addressing the the Security Council’s first formal meeting on human rights in peace operations, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said, “only action to address the human rights violations inflicted on people can prevent the recurrence of conflict.”

The High Commissioner told the Council that as the COVID crisis deepens the work by human rights components “to support peace operations' delivery of their mandate, and to address root causes of conflict and instability, is becoming even more crucial.”

Bachelet said, “human rights are central to the Council’s mandate to maintain international peace and security” and pointed out that “12 UN peace operations – six peacekeeping and six special political missions - have human rights components.”

These human rights components on the ground, she said, “powerfully contribute to better protection; they bring missions closer to the people they serve, and foster the capacities of governments to advance inclusive development, rule of law, and peace.”

Briefing the Council from Juba, the Special Representative for South Sudan and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer, noted that grave human rights violations, including the targeting and killing of innocent civilians in South Sudan “has led to over two million people being refugees and 1.9 million people being displaced.”

Shearer said “people don’t just do that themselves. They do that because they are fearful of their lives or the lives of their families.”

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “the world is facing its biggest crisis since 1945. More than half a million people have already died from a virus which we do not yet have a cure for, and many more could follow. The emergency tracking in the global economy will deepen humanitarian crises and destroy trust in state institutions.”

Maas said, “today we know that a virus can be deadlier than a gun, that a cyber-attack can cause more harm than a soldier, and that climate change threatens more people than most conventional weapons. Closing our eyes to this reality means refusing to learn. What we need is early preventive action based on good reporting and adequate capacities in the United nations system. This is what maintaining peace and security means in the 21st century.”

Germany holds the presidency of the Council during the month of July and convened today’s open debate, which aimed to discuss in-depth how peace operations can contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights more effectively.
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