GENEVA / HRC TURK DEATH PENALTY

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Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, today asked all nations to work harder towards abolishing the death penalty, an ongoing practice in 79 countries. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / HRC TURK DEATH PENALTY
TRT: 01:49
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 28 FEBRUARY 2023 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, exterior, flag alley, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, exterior, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Infliction by the State of the death penalty - the most severe and irreversible of punishments - is profoundly difficult to reconcile with human dignity, and with the fundamental right to life.”
3. Wide shot, exterior, Human Rights Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The death penalty is, in our common experience, an atavistic relic from the past that should be shed in the 21st century.”
5. Wide shot, exterior, Human Rights Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Opponents to a death penalty moratorium say that the rights of victims risk being overlooked. They assert that retribution – claimed to be often demanded by the families of victims - is the best response. My questions are: where is the humanity in revenge? Are we not debasing our societies by depriving another human being of their lives?”
7. Wide shot, exterior, Human Rights Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Today, I call on States that have not yet done so to take a strong lead, by restricting the use of the death penalty, establishing moratoriums and working towards its abolition, especially at a time when we recall the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I welcome such steps, particularly during this 75th anniversary year of the Declaration, where we are all challenged to go the extra mile.”
9. Wide shot, exterior, Human Rights Council

STORYLINE:
Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, today (28 Feb) asked all nations to work harder towards abolishing the death penalty, an ongoing practice in 79 countries.

Addressing the biennial panel’s theme on human rights violations relating to the use of the death penalty, Türk said, “Infliction by the State of the death penalty - the most severe and irreversible of punishments - is profoundly difficult to reconcile with human dignity, and with the fundamental right to life.”

He also said this is ultimately about the United Nations Charter’s promise of the highest standards of protection of all human beings, in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which marks its 75th anniversary this year.

He stated that the death penalty is “in our common experience, an atavistic relic from the past that should be shed in the 21st century.”

“Opponents to a death penalty moratorium say that the rights of victims risk being overlooked; they assert that retribution is the best response,” Türk continued, wondering aloud where humanity lays in revenge.

He asked, “Are we not debasing our societies by depriving another human being of their lives?”

Experts in criminal justice, drawing on experience worldwide, advise that the proper response rests in controlling and preventing crimes, he said.

They recommend building functioning, human rights-based criminal justice systems that ensure accountability for perpetrators and afford victims and survivors access to justice, redress, and dignity.

The UN rights chief also urged governments to collect, analyze, and make available public data on its use and actual effectiveness.
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