GENEVA / DARFUR HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

09-Feb-2007 00:01:52
A mission set up by the United Nations Human Rights Council to report on the Human Rights situation in Sudan leaves Geneva tomorrow for Addis Ababa to meet African Union officials. UNTV

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STORY: GENEVA / DARFUR HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 9 FEBRUARY 2007, PALAIS DES NATIONS, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE: ( English) Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel peace prize laureate and leader of the Human Rights Council's mission to Sudan:
"We are still in negotiations on the visas which we fully expect to get in Addis."
4. Cutaway, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE: ( English) Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel peace prize laureate and leader of the Human Rights Council's mission to Sudan:
""I think it is in the interest of the Sudanese government to provide all of us with visas. I can't think why any country would not want the opportunity to have its voice heard. It is no surprise that there have been contentions about the composition since the day the resolution was resolved or gavelled or whatever it is. This is the mission composition today and this is the way it's staying. There is no way that any nation, who is receiving a mission mandated by a resolution that it agreed to is going to have veto power over members of the mission. That would be absurd. This is an independent mission. Nobody is telling us what to think. Nobody is telling us what to say. Nobody is telling us what to write. And any of you who know me will know that that is the way I would operate. I am very happy to be on this mission. But I am very busy and had to change my schedule. I did it because I believe in the Council. I did it because I believe we can make a contribution to help the people of Darfur."
6. Cutaway, journalists
7. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

A mission set up by the United Nations Human Rights Council to report on the Human Rights situation in Sudan leaves Geneva tomorrow for Addis Ababa to meet African Union officials.

Mission leader, Jody Williams says they expect to receive visas for Sudan, when they're in Addis, in time to go to Khartoum on Wednesday.

Williams won the 1997 Nobel peace prize for her fight against landmines .

The other members of the mission are Mart Nutt, Member of Parliament of Estonia and Member of the Council of Europe's European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance; Bertrand Ramcharan, former Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Deputy High Commissioner; Patrice Tonda, Permanent Representative of Gabon to the International Organizations in Geneva; and Makarim Wibisono, President of the 61st session of the Commission on Human Rights and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the International Organizations in Geneva. Sima Samar, the Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan will also participate in the Mission.

Williams told a news conference in Geneva it was no secret that the team's composition had been contentious since the resolution establishing it was adopted.

She felt it was in the interest of the Sudanese government to give the whole team visas.
It would be absurd to think that any nation, receiving a mission mandated by resolution that it agreed to would have veto power over the members of the mission, she stressed.

"This is the mission composition today and this is the way it's staying. This is an independent mission. Nobody is telling us what to think. Nobody is telling us what to say. Nobody is telling us what to write."

Williams said she believed the mission could make a contribution to help the people of Darfur.
The mission is due to report the Human Rights Council at its session which begins on 12 March.
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