OHCHR / BACHELET VENEZUELA

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet acknowledged the “positive steps taken recently by the Government of Venezuela” but noted that her Office continued to document “cases of repression of peaceful protests in the context of the state of emergency in place since March, including the arrests of demonstrators protesting against low wages and pensions, poor public services and fuel shortages.” UNTV CH

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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET VENEZUELA
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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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25 SEPTEMBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I acknowledged positive steps taken recently by the Government of Venezuela, such as the pardon of 110 people and the release of 40, and an increased cooperation with my Office. We will continue to provide technical assistance to the Government. My Office continued to document cases of repression of peaceful protests in the context of the state of emergency in place since March, including the arrests of demonstrators protesting against low wages and pensions, poor public services and fuel shortages.”
4. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I recognize the efforts of the authorities towards Venezuelan migrants returning to the country. However, I am concerned about the stigmatising discourse of some authorities who hold those returning through irregular crossings responsible for introducing COVID-19 in Venezuela.”
6. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I am concerned about the high number of deaths of young people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods as a result of security operations. Based on an open-source analysis, my Office recorded 711 deaths from June to August, reaching over 2,000 deaths since January 2020.”
8. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It is crucial that the civic and democratic space be protected in the coming months and that the releases of all those still arbitrarily deprived of their liberty for exercising their rights be continued. I call for further work on building agreements to achieve conditions for the development of credible, free and fair electoral processes.”
10. Wide shot, Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet acknowledged the “positive steps taken recently by the Government of Venezuela” but noted that her Office continued to document “cases of repression of peaceful protests in the context of the state of emergency in place since March, including the arrests of demonstrators protesting against low wages and pensions, poor public services and fuel shortages.”

Speaking in Geneva today (25 Sep), Bachelet said the Venezuelan Government pardoned 110 people and released 40, while also increasing cooperation with her Office. She also recognized the efforts of the authorities towards Venezuelan migrants returning to the country, however, she expressed concern over “the stigmatising discourse of some authorities who hold those returning through irregular crossings responsible for introducing COVID-19 in Venezuela.”

The High Commissioner said she was also concerned “about the high number of deaths of young people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods as a result of security operations. Based on an open-source analysis, my Office recorded 711 deaths from June to August, reaching over 2,000 deaths since January 2020.”

Bchelet stressed the important of protecting civic and democratic space in the coming months and “that the releases of all those still arbitrarily deprived of their liberty for exercising their rights be continued.” She called for “further work on building agreements to achieve conditions for the development of credible, free and fair electoral processes.”
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