OHCHR / BOLIVIA AND THAILAND

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The UN human rights office (OHCHR) urged Bolivia’s authorities, political and other actors to “refrain from any actions that could undermine the peaceful conduct” of the general elections set for this Sunday, according to a spokesperson. OHCHR also expressed concern over Thai authorities’ decision to impose “a ‘Serious Emergency Situation’ in Bangkok” following a rally “which was actually largely peaceful." UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 16 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

16 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Bolivia’s authorities, political and other actors to refrain from any actions that could undermine the peaceful conduct of the general elections that are taking place this Sunday.”
3. Wide shot, journalists in briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“In light of the political and human rights crises unleashed during the previous attempt to carry out these elections a year ago, Bachelet has expressed her hope that Sunday’s elections would take place in a calm, participatory and inclusive manner, in an environment that ensures respect for the human rights of all people in Bolivia.”
5. Close up, Journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We welcome the Bolivian people’s determination to participate in these elections. Everyone should be able to exercise the right to vote in peace, without intimidation or violence. These elections represent an opportunity to really move forward on social and economic fronts, and to defuse the extreme polarization that has been plaguing Bolivia over the past few years.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“It is essential, the High Commissioner says, that all sides avoid further acts of violence that could spark a confrontation. No one wants to see a repeat of last year’s events, which led to extensive human rights violations and abuses, including at least 30 people killed and more than 800 injured – and ultimately to everyone losing out.”
9. Wide shot, briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The demonstrations themselves, have largely been peaceful, and the authorities have largely respected the space for the exercise of the right of peaceful assembly, but we are concerned that yesterday morning they imposed a ‘Serious Emergency Situation’ in Bangkok as a result of the rally that was held the day before – which was actually largely peaceful."
11. Wide shot, briefing room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The imposition of the decree will negatively impact on the exercise of fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Thailand is a party.”
13. Wide shot, briefing room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are concerned about the detention and arrest of many activists and human rights defenders as well, including those who are associated with the demonstrations. The last figures that we have are that 57 individuals were arrested between the 13th and the 16th of October. Six of them have been released and the rest remain, as of today, in police custody.”
15. Wide shot, briefing room
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are particularly concerned about the application of a number of serious charges, including the crime of sedition, against individuals who are peacefully exercising their fundamental rights."
17. Wide shot, journalists
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are calling on the Government to ensure that no one is targeted, detained or charged with serious offences for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and to ensure that due process rights and judicial safeguards are systematically provided for every person who is arrested and detained, including routine access to lawyers and families at all times."
19. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) urged Bolivia’s authorities, political and other actors to “refrain from any actions that could undermine the peaceful conduct” of the general elections set for this Sunday, according to a spokesperson. OHCHR also expressed concern over Thai authorities’ decision to impose “a ‘Serious Emergency Situation’ in Bangkok” following a rally “which was actually largely peaceful."

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (16 Oct), OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed her hope that Sunday’s elections would take place in a “calm, participatory and inclusive manner, in an environment that ensures respect for the human rights of all people in Bolivia,” in light of the political and human rights crises unleashed during the previous attempt to carry out these elections a year ago.

OHCHR welcomes the Bolivian people’s “determination to participate in these elections.” Shamdasani said, “Everyone should be able to exercise the right to vote in peace, without intimidation or violence. These elections represent an opportunity to really move forward on social and economic fronts, and to defuse the extreme polarization that has been plaguing Bolivia over the past few years.”

Shamdasani added, “It is essential, the High Commissioner says, that all sides avoid further acts of violence that could spark a confrontation. No one wants to see a repeat of last year’s events, which led to extensive human rights violations and abuses, including at least 30 people killed and more than 800 injured – and ultimately to everyone losing out.”

Turning to Thailand the OHCHR spokesperson said demonstrations in the country “have largely been peaceful, and the authorities have largely respected the space for the exercise of the right of peaceful assembly.” She expressed concern over the decision yesterday morning to impose a ‘Serious Emergency Situation’ in Bangkok as a result of the rally that was held the day before – “which was actually largely peaceful."

Shamdasani said the imposition of the decree would “negatively impact on the exercise of fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Thailand is a party.”

She said OHCHR was concerned about the “detention and arrest of many activists and human rights defenders as well, including those who are associated with the demonstrations.” She added that at least 57 people were between 13 and 16 October, six of whom have since been released, adding that OHCHR was particularly concerned “about the application of a number of serious charges, including the crime of sedition, against individuals who are peacefully exercising their fundamental rights."

Shamdasani said, “We are calling on the Government to ensure that no one is targeted, detained or charged with serious offences for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and to ensure that due process rights and judicial safeguards are systematically provided for every person who is arrested and detained, including routine access to lawyers and families at all times."
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