UN / BROWN IDLIB ICC

27-Oct-2016 00:01:57
The UN envoy for education Gordon Brown called on the Security Council to refer “the worst assault on school children” in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / BROWN IDLIB ICC
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 OCTOBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Tilt up, UNHQ exterior
2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations:
“With the latest descent into barbarism, with at least 20 and perhaps almost 30 pupils and teachers dead after a succession of strikes on a school complex in Haas in the Western Syrian province of Idlib, this the worst assault on school children among 98 separate attacks on Syrian schools in the last two years , I am calling on the Security Council to immediately agree that the International Criminal Court prosecutor should instruct and conduct an investigation into what I believe is a war crime, with the intention that, if proven, the perpetrators will be hunted down and the case against them prosecuted before the International Criminal Court.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations:
“Now that the Russian government, for the first time, has agreed on an immediate investigation, the
Security Council is now in a position to ask the International Criminal Court persecutor for an investigation into what is happening in Syrian schools and in Syria generally. And if they cannot accept this, they should conduct their own investigation as a Security Council as they are entitled to do, and have done so previously in other cases.”
6. Wide shot, press room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Brown, Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations:
“It is time to conduct an investigation into what is happening. We should cease this opportunity that has been given to us; that a country that refused to allow investigations before is suggesting that it happen. And we should have as broad an investigation into atrocities as is possible and I hope that the Security Council will take up this opportunity and make sure that the lives of these children have not been lost totally in vain.”
8. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
The United Nations (UN) envoy for education Gordon Brown called on the Security Council to refer “the worst assault on school children” in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Speaking to reporters in New York today (27 Oct), Brown said “With the latest descent into barbarism” after a series of airstrikes on a school in the Syrian province of Idlib, the Security Council should “immediately agree” that the ICC prosecutor conduct an investigation into what He believed was “a war crime”. Brown added that the intention should be that the perpetrators would be “hunted down” if this was proven.

Brown quoted a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson demanding that “all international organizations join the investigation” into the incident “without further delay.” He said now the that Russian government had “agreed on an investigation” the Council was in a position to ask the ICC for an investigation into “what is happening in Syrian schools and in Syria generally.” He said if this was not acceptable, the Council should conduct their own investigation as they had “done so previously in other cases.”

Brown said there were only “a few hours or a few days to take up this opportunity, adding that, “we should cease this opportunity that has been given to us; that a country that refused to allow investigations before is suggesting that it happen.” He said the investigation into atrocities should be as “broad” as possible. He hoped the Council would take the opportunity and “make sure that the lives of these children have not been lost totally in vain.”

Brown said the raid on the school killed “at least 20 and perhaps almost 30 pupils and teachers.” He said this was “the worst assault on school children among 98 separate attacks on Syrian schools in the last two years.”
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