OHCHR / BACHELET MYANMAR UPDATE

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At the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented an oral update on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. OHCHR

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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET MYANMAR UPDATE
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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2021 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND.

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1.Exterios shot, Palais des Nations, Alley of Flags
2.Wide shot, room 20
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The human rights situation in Myanmar has deteriorated significantly as the far-reaching impacts of the military coup continue to devastate lives and hopes across the country. Conflict, poverty and the effects of the pandemic are sharply increasing, and the country faces a vortex of repression, violence and economic collapse.”
4.Wide shot, podium, room 20
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Over 1,100 individuals have reportedly now died at the hands of the security forces since the coup. Over 8,000 individuals – including children – have been arrested since the coup, with over 4,700 remaining in detention. Most are held without any form of due process, and lack access to legal counsel, or even the ability to communicate with their families.”
6.Wide shot, podium, room 20 camera
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We continue to receive reports from multiple locations of interrogation techniques that amount to ill-treatment and torture, and have credible information that more than 120 detainees have died in custody – some within 24 hours of their arrest.”
8.Med shot, room 20
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“ Our report A/HRC/48/67, documents many serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including violations of the rights to life, liberty and security of person; the prohibition against torture; fair trial guarantees; freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly. Several of these violations may amount to crimes against humanity committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against the civilian population – or, to the extent arising in armed conflict, war crimes.”
10.Med shot, room 20
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Faced with this overwhelming repression of fundamental rights, a movement of armed resistance is growing, alongside the peaceful protests that have taken place for seven months. Local self-defence groups have taken up arms, and many have joined a growing so-called Defence Force movement.”
12. Med shot, room 20, names of countries
13.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The Army has launched offensives and reprisal raids against villages perceived to be the bases of people’s defence forces or ethnic armed groups, including artillery barrages and airstrikes against civilian areas. Hundreds of individuals have been killed and injured, and many have been forcibly displaced amid escalating humanitarian needs for food, water, shelter, and medical care.”
14.Med shot, room 20 and podium
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I appeal once again to all armed actors to respect human rights and ensure that civilians and civilian structures are protected. Use of airstrikes and artillery in residential areas, and any form of military operation that targets health centres, places of worship, schools or other protected structures must immediately cease. Excellencies, these disturbing trends suggest the alarming possibility of an escalating civil war.”
16.Cutaway, support staff
17.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It is crucial that the perpetrators of the most serious international crimes, including potentially genocide, are duly held to account. In this regard, the expanded work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, with its ongoing mandate over current events, has become even more important. Steps taken by the democratic opposition to engage the International Criminal Court and other bodies may also open new avenues for accountability. I also hope that many more military personnel will grasp that their own futures will not be served by following unlawful orders to commit international crimes.”
18.Med shot, podium

STORYLINE:

At the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented an oral update on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.

Since the coup by the Myanmar military in early February 2021, the situation in Myanmar has rapidly morphed into an attack against the civilian population that has become increasingly widespread and systematic.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The human rights situation in Myanmar has deteriorated significantly as the far-reaching impacts of the military coup continue to devastate lives and hopes across the country. Conflict, poverty and the effects of the pandemic are sharply increasing, and the country faces a vortex of repression, violence and economic collapse.”

The military's iron grip on power faces resistance from large segments of the society. Weapons of war continue to be deployed in towns and cities to suppress opposition.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Over 1,100 individuals have reportedly now died at the hands of the security forces since the coup. Over 8,000 individuals – including children – have been arrested since the coup, with over 4,700 remaining in detention. Most are held without any form of due process, and lack access to legal counsel, or even the ability to communicate with their families.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We continue to receive reports from multiple locations of interrogation techniques that amount to ill-treatment and torture, and have credible information that more than 120 detainees have died in custody – some within 24 hours of their arrest.”

The report presented to the 48th Human Rights council, documents a series of violations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“ Our report A/HRC/48/67, documents many serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including violations of the rights to life, liberty and security of person; the prohibition against torture; fair trial guarantees; freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly. Several of these violations may amount to crimes against humanity committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against the civilian population – or, to the extent arising in armed conflict, war crimes.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“ Faced with this overwhelming repression of fundamental rights, a movement of armed resistance is growing, alongside the peaceful protests that have taken place for seven months. Local self-defence groups have taken up arms, and many have joined a growing so-called Defence Force movement.”

Armed clashes now occur regularly in many heartland areas where conflict has not been seen in generations. In recent weeks, the Tatmadaw has been conducting offensives in Magway and Sagaing Regions and in Chin State, reportedly killing villagers and burning houses.

In border areas that have faced conflict for many years – including Kachin, Shan, Kayin, and Kayah states – some ethnic armed organizations have assisted People’s Defence groups and, in some instances, have conducted joint military operations with them.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“ The Army has launched offensives and reprisal raids against villages perceived to be the bases of people’s defence forces or ethnic armed groups, including artillery barrages and airstrikes against civilian areas. Hundreds of individuals have been killed and injured, and many have been forcibly displaced amid escalating humanitarian needs for food, water, shelter, and medical care.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I appeal once again to all armed actors to respect human rights and ensure that civilians and civilian structures are protected. Use of airstrikes and artillery in residential areas, and any form of military operation that targets health centres, places of worship, schools or other protected structures must immediately cease. Excellencies, these disturbing trends suggest the alarming possibility of an escalating civil war.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“ It is crucial that the perpetrators of the most serious international crimes, including potentially genocide, are duly held to account. In this regard, the expanded work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, with its ongoing mandate over current events, has become even more important. Steps taken by the democratic opposition to engage the International Criminal Court and other bodies may also open new avenues for accountability. I also hope that many more military personnel will grasp that their own futures will not be served by following unlawful orders to commit international crimes.”
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