OHCHR / UKRAINE BACHELET

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“One week ago, the Russian Federation's military attack on Ukraine opened a new and dangerous chapter in world history,” UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement delivered at the urgent debate at the Human Rights Council on the situation of human right in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression. UNTV CH

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STORY: OHCHR / UKRAINE BACHELET
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DATELINE: 03 MARCH 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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03 MARCH 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“One week ago, the Russian Federation's military attack on Ukraine opened a new and dangerous chapter in world history.”
4. Wide shot, Russian ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The attack that began on 24 February is generating massive impact on the human rights of millions of people across Ukraine. Elevated threat levels for nuclear weapons underline the gravity of the risks to all of humanity.”
6. Close up, Ukrainian ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I must emphasize that the real figures will be far higher, since numerous other casualties are pending confirmation, and information from some areas engaged in intense hostilities has been delayed.”
8. Med shot, Polish ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“We grieve for all the deaths that have occurred.”
10. Med shot, dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Most civilian casualties were caused by the use of heavy artillery, multi-launch rocket systems and air strikes in populated areas, with concerning reports of use of cluster munitions striking civilian targets. Massive damage to residential buildings has been inflicted. The use of weapons with wide area effects in populated urban areas risks being inherently indiscriminate, and I call for the immediate cessation of such force.”
12. Zoom out, dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I commend the welcome that Ukrainians leaving the country have received. This welcome must be extended to all those fleeing conflict, regardless of their citizenship, ethnicity, migration or other status. There have been disturbing indications of discrimination against African and Asian nationals while fleeing, and the Office will be watching this situation attentively.”
14. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Tens of millions of people remain in the country, in potentially mortal danger. I am deeply concerned that the current escalation of military operations will further heighten the harm they face.”
16. Wide shot, delegates
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Thousands of people, including older people, pregnant women, as well as children and people with disabilities, are being forced to gather in underground shelters and subway stations to escape explosions. Many people in situation of vulnerability are separated from families and effectively trapped. My staff in Ukraine have been contacted by several groups who fear persecution if Russian troops advance, including members of the Crimean Tatar community in mainland Ukraine, as well as prominent human rights defenders and journalists.”
18. Wide shot, delegates
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I echo the powerful call by the General Assembly yesterday for an immediate resolution of the conflict through peaceful means.”
20. Med shot, French ambassador
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“States must abide by international law and the core principles that protect human life, and human dignity. It is imperative that full access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians across the entire country be enabled. I also strongly urge the full protection of civilians, as well as captured soldiers, as required under international humanitarian law.”
22. Med shot, Russian ambassador
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"Stood firm on the side of peace, security, development, justice, international law and human rights – and time after time, when the international community has rallied together in solidarity, those values have prevailed."
24. Close up, Russian ambassador
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It is vital that they prevail today, in Ukraine – and elsewhere. My thoughts are with all people who suffer unbearable fear, pain and deprivation because of the senseless destruction of warfare.”
26. Wide shot, delegates

STORYLINE:

“One week ago, the Russian Federation's military attack on Ukraine opened a new and dangerous chapter in world history,” UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement delivered at the urgent debate at the Human Rights Council on the situation of human right in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression.

“The attack that began on 24 February is generating massive impact on the human rights of millions of people across Ukraine. Elevated threat levels for nuclear weapons underline the gravity of the risks to all of humanity,” Bachelet said.

By Tuesday night, the UN Human Rights Office had recorded and confirmed 752 civilian casualties, including 227 killed – 15 of them children, with at 525 injured, including 28 children.

“I must emphasize that the real figures will be far higher, since numerous other casualties are pending confirmation, and information from some areas engaged in intense hostilities has been delayed,” said Bachelet. “We grieve for all the deaths that have occurred.”

“Most civilian casualties were caused by the use of heavy artillery, multi-launch rocket systems and air strikes in populated areas, with concerning reports of use of cluster munitions striking civilian targets. Massive damage to residential buildings has been inflicted. The use of weapons with wide area effects in populated urban areas risks being inherently indiscriminate, and I call for the immediate cessation of such force,” Bachelet stressed.

The High Commissioner said there had also been substantial damage to a significant number of civilian objects, including a hospital, schools and kindergartens. Essential infrastructure has been heavily damaged– cutting off critical supplies and services, including electricity, water and access to healthcare.

Over two million people have been forced to flee their homes. One million, according to UNHCR estimates, are internally displaced and more than a million refugees have sought safety in neighbouring countries in the past seven days. They have often travelled for days by bicycle or on foot, in freezing conditions. UNHCR has estimated that up to four million people could leave the country in the coming weeks if the conflict continues.

“I commend the welcome that Ukrainians leaving the country have received. This welcome must be extended to all those fleeing conflict, regardless of their citizenship, ethnicity, migration, or other status. There have been disturbing indications of discrimination against African and Asian nationals while fleeing, and the Office will be watching this situation attentively,” Bachelet said.

“Tens of millions of people remain in the country, in potentially mortal danger. I am deeply concerned that the current escalation of military operations will further heighten the harm they face,” she added

“Thousands of people, including older people, pregnant women, as well as children and people with disabilities, are being forced to gather in underground shelters and subway stations to escape explosions. Many people in situation of vulnerability are separated from families and effectively trapped. My staff in Ukraine have been contacted by several groups who fear persecution if Russian troops advance, including members of the Crimean Tatar community in mainland Ukraine, as well as prominent human rights defenders and journalists,” Bachelet said.

“I echo the powerful call by the General Assembly yesterday for an immediate resolution of the conflict through peaceful means,” the UN Human Rights Chief stressed.

“States must abide by international law and the core principles that protect human life, and human dignity. It is imperative that full access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians across the entire country be enabled. I also strongly urge the full protection of civilians, as well as captured soldiers, as required under international humanitarian law,” Bachelet said.

She noted that the International Court of Justice has been formally seized of proceedings connected to the conflict, and will begin hearings on Monday. In addition, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has announced his decision to immediately proceed with active investigations on the situation in Ukraine.

The UN Human Rights Office has for eight years extensively and consistently monitored the human rights situation in Ukraine with particular focus on the regions of the Donbas engaged in conflict, as well as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which have been occupied by the Russian Federation since 2014. The 40 reports the Office has published are publicly accessible, and document violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by multiple actors over that period.

As the Secretary-general has said, the High Commissioner noted, the UN Charter has always "stood firm on the side of peace, security, development, justice, international law and human rights – and time after time, when the international community has rallied together in solidarity, those values have prevailed."

“It is vital that they prevail today, in Ukraine – and elsewhere. My thoughts are with all people who suffer unbearable fear, pain and deprivation because of the senseless destruction of warfare,” she said.
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