THE HAGUE / ZEID DEMAGOGUES

06-Sep-2016 00:02:27
United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for action to confront populists and demagogues whose rhetoric could “descend into colossal violence.” OHCHR
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STORY: THE HAGUE / ZEID DEMAGOGUES
TRT: 02:27
SOURCE: OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 5 SEPTEMBER 2016, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, High Commissioner walking up the podium.
2. Wide shot, guests at tables
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I am a Muslim, who is, confusingly to racists, also white-skinned; whose mother is European and father, Arab. And I am angry too, because of Mr. Wilders’s lies and half-truths, manipulations and peddling of fear. You see, twenty years ago I served in the UN peacekeeping force during the Balkan wars – wars so cruel, so devastating, which flowed from this same factory of deceit, bigotry and ethnic nationalism.”
5. Pan right, guests
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Populists use half-truths and oversimplification -- the two scalpels of the arch propagandist, and here the internet and social media are a perfect rail for them, by reducing thought into the smallest packages: sound-bites and tweets. “
7. Wide shot, guests at reception
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Make no mistake, I certainly do not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of Da'esh, which are monstrous, sickening; Da’esh must be brought to justice. But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Da’esh uses tactics similar to those of the populists. And both sides of this equation benefit from each other – indeed would not expand in influence without each other’s actions.”
9. Med shot, guests
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“A decade ago, Geert Wilder’s manifesto and Cleveland speech would have created a world-wide furore. Now? Now, they are met with little more than a shrug, and, outside the Netherlands, his words and pernicious plans were barely noticed. Are we going to continue to stand by and watch this banalization of bigotry, until it reaches its logical conclusion?”
10. Med shot, High Commissioner speaking to guests
STORYLINE
United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for action to confront populists and demagogues whose rhetoric could “descend into colossal violence.”

Speaking last night (5 Sept) at the Peace, Justice, and Security Foundation gala in the Hague, Zeid directed his speech towards Dutch politician Geert Wilders and the “populists, demagogues, and political fantasists” like him. He said “what Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. Orban, Mr. Zeman, Mr. Hofer, Mr. Fico, Madame Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da’esh.” He said all sought to return to a “past that most certainly, in reality, did not exist anywhere.”

Geert Wilders recently released an eleven-point “manifesto” which included banning mosques and the Islamic holy book, the Quran. Zeid said he was angry because of Wilders’s “lies and half-truths, manipulations and peddling of fear.” Zeid said populists used half-truths and oversimplification, “the two scalpels of the arch propagandist”, to paint half a picture in the mind of already anxious individuals and “allow the natural prejudice of people to fill in the rest.”

The High Commissioners said he certainly did not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of Da'esh, but “in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Da’esh uses tactics similar to those of the populists.” He said both side benefitted from each other and “indeed would not expand in influence without each other’s actions.”

Zeid said a decade ago, Geert Wilders’ manifesto would have created a “world-wide furore”. He said today they were met “with a little more than a shrug.” Zeid said human rights law would ultimately safeguard societies. He said “we must guard this law passionately, and be guided by it.”
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