UN / MIDDLE EAST HUMAN RIGHTS

19-Mar-2018 00:03:22
The Security Council failed to adopt procedural vote to authorize discussion on the human rights situation in the Middle East. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

19 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Zeid speaking to Swedish ambassador
4. Wide shot, Zeid speaking to Kuwaiti ambassador
5. Med shot, Zeid speaking to delegate
6. Pan left, Security Council voting
7. Med shot, Chinese delegate voting
8. Wide shot, Russian delegate voting
9. Wide shot, Kazakh and Bolivian delegates voting
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Karel Jan Gustaaf van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations:
“The result of the voting is as follows: eight votes in favour, four votes against, three abstentions. The provisional agenda has not been adopted having failed to obtain the required number of votes. The meeting is adjourned.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (French) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“Mr. President, perhaps we are in denial and are lacking realism in our approach to the Syrian conflict on any possible solutions. If we do not deal with this conflict from a human rights aspect of it, who can understand this? With the regime but also other parties, Da’esh in particular, we see that the violations of rights are not only consequences of combat, but a weapon deliberately used to control territories and populations.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Gennady V. Kuzmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations:
“We would like to hear about how the Syrians, as they call it regime, are violating the rights of the population. And once again reference is made to the regime and not to the extremists who they openly support and who are holding the population of Syria in fear for eight years now. This really confirms our concerns about the very politicized nature of this initiative which has nothing whatsoever to do with the concern for Syrians themselves.”
15. Pan left, Syrian ambassador approaching stakeout
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Today is very important because those who confiscated the Council to defend their own narrow interests have failed. They have failed blatantly miserably in front of the voice of reason and wisdom.”
17. Wide shot, Syrian ambassador at stakeout
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“What can we tell you if Turkey is part of the NATO and the NATO is involved into the bloodshed in the whole area, in Iraq as well as in Syria? So, the NATO is protecting Turkey. Don’t believe this Hollywood show you are seeing in Ankara and elsewhere. Turkey is doing what it is doing with the blessing of the Americans.”
19. Pan right, Syrian ambassador
STORYLINE
The Security Council failed today (19 Mar) to adopt procedural vote to authorize a discussion on the human rights situation in the Middle East.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein would have briefed the Council on the situation in Syria, however the Russian Federation called for a procedural vote on holding the meeting which was not on the Council’s monthly agenda.

The agenda received eight votes in favour missing the required nine votes to be adopted, with Russia, China, Bolivia, and Kazakhstan voting against holding the meeting.

Prior to the vote, French ambassador François Delattre said his delegation along with six other Members of the Council had called for the meeting as the human rights dimension could not be separated from the situation on the ground in Syria. He said the Council could perhaps be “in denial” and “lacking realism in [its] approach to the Syrian conflict on any possible solutions.” He asked, “If we do not deal with this conflict from a human rights aspect of it, who can understand this?” Delattre stressed, “With the regime but also other parties, Da’esh in particular, we see that the violations of rights are not only consequences of combat, but a weapon deliberately used to control territories and populations.”

Russian representative Gennady Kuzmin said his delegation told Security Council Members on Friday that it was opposed to holding the meeting. He said there was no justification for holding the meeting given that it was not agreed upon for the Council’s monthly agenda. Kuzmin said Russia would like to hear from those Members that called for the meeting on how the Syrian Government was violating the rights of the population. He said, “Once again reference is made to the regime and not to the extremists who they openly support and who are holding the population of Syria in fear for eight years now; this really confirms [Russia’s] concerns about the very politicized nature of this initiative which has nothing whatsoever to do with the concern for Syrians themselves.”

After the vote, Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told reporters that today was “very important because those who confiscated the Council to defend their own narrow interests have failed; they have failed blatantly, miserably in front of the voice of reason and wisdom.” He said the results of the vote were indicative of the attempts made by some Council Members to manipulate the mandate of the Security Council.

Asked on the situation in Afrin, Ja’afari said the Turkish invasion was an aggression on Syrian sovereignty which his Government had repeatedly brought to the Council’s attention. He said, “What can we tell you if Turkey is part of the NATO and the NATO is involved into the bloodshed in the whole area, in Iraq as well as in Syria?” He stressed that NATO was “protecting Turkey” adding, don’t believe this Hollywood show you are seeing in Ankara and elsewhere; Turkey is doing what it is doing with the blessing of the Americans.”
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