OHCHR / PERU POLICE ARREST

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Police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force when faced with mass protests between 9 and 15 November 2020, according to a UN Human Rights Office report published on 12 January that stresses the failure of security forces to comply with international human rights norms and standards. UNTV CH

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STORY: OHCHR / PERU POLICE ARREST
TRT: 02:32
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 12 JANUARY 2021 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“So among the main findings, police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force when faced with mass protests between 9 and 15 November last year, and the report stresses that the security forces failed to comply with international human rights norms and standards.The report notes that police officers did not distinguish between peaceful protesters, who were in the majority, and a minority who were alleged to have acted violently.”
3. Cutaway, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Referencing available audio and video recordings, interviews with victims and witnesses, as well as medical records, the report says that police fired pellets from 12-gauge shotguns and tear gas canisters directly at people’s heads and upper bodies, indiscriminately and from close range. Two protesters were killed by shotgun pellets fired at their torso, and more than 200 people, including passers-by, were injured.”
5. Cutaway, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The High Commissioner underlined that all allegations of human rights violations should be promptly, independently and thoroughly investigated, noting that some preliminary investigations had begun. She also stressed how important it was for the Government to publicly acknowledge that violations had been committed.”
7. Med shot, Liz Throssell at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Recognition of wrongdoing is the first step towards accountability and avoiding repetition. The Peruvian Government has formed a commission to follow up on actions in favour of certain victims. However, it is essential that the police command also recognizes that human rights violations were committed.”
9. Wide shot, Liz Throssell at the podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Among other concerns raised in the report are: Victims told the UN Human Rights Office that they did not have access to legal assistance, and some said they had been pressured into signing self-incriminating statements.”
11. Close up, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The report also documents restrictions, threats and attacks on journalists and other media workers, as well as human rights defenders covering the protests, indicating that the right to freedom of expression had been undermined.”
13. Various shots, briefing room, journalists

STORYLINE:

Police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force when faced with mass protests between 9 and 15 November 2020, according to a UN Human Rights Office report published on 12 January that stresses the failure of security forces to comply with international human rights norms and standards.

The report is the product of a Human Rights Office mission to Lima from 17 to 22 November, at the invitation of the Peruvian Government, to gather information regarding alleged human rights violations committed during protests challenging the legitimacy of the interim president, as well as expressing other causes of social discontent.

At a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday (12 Jan), Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said “among the main findings, police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force when faced with mass protests between 9 and 15 November last year, and the report stresses that the security forces failed to comply with international human rights norms and standards.The report notes that police officers did not distinguish between peaceful protesters, who were in the majority, and a minority who were alleged to have acted violently.”

Throssell also said “referencing available audio and video recordings, interviews with victims and witnesses, as well as medical records, the report says that police fired pellets from 12-gauge shotguns and tear gas canisters directly at people’s heads and upper bodies, indiscriminately and from close range. Two protesters were killed by shotgun pellets fired at their torso, and more than 200 people, including passers-by, were injured.”

The High Commissioner has stressed that international law is clear that people have the right to peaceful assembly, and gatherings can only be dispersed in exceptional cases. Lethal force should only be used against specific individuals to address an imminent threat of death, or serious injury. With regard to less lethal weapons, these must be employed subject to strict requirements of necessity and proportionality, in situations where less harmful measures are clearly ineffective to address the threat.

“The High Commissioner underlined that all allegations of human rights violations should be promptly, independently and thoroughly investigated, noting that some preliminary investigations had begun. She also stressed how important it was for the Government to publicly acknowledge that violations had been committed,” Throssell said.
SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Recognition of wrongdoing is the first step towards accountability and avoiding repetition. The Peruvian Government has formed a commission to follow up on actions in favour of certain victims. However, it is essential that the police command also recognizes that human rights violations were committed.”
SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Among other concerns raised in the report are: Victims told the UN Human Rights Office that they did not have access to legal assistance, and some said they had been pressured into signing self-incriminating statements.”
SOUNDBITE (English) Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The report also documents restrictions, threats and attacks on journalists and other media workers, as well as human rights defenders covering the protests, indicating that the right to freedom of expression had been undermined.”

The High Commissioner has said that she truly hopes that the authorities – both Government and Congress – take the necessary steps to ensure law enforcement agencies conduct themselves according to international human rights norms and standards. The State must also uphold the right of the victims and their families to justice, truth and reparations, including non-recurrence.”
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