ETHIOPIA / ZEID AFRICAN UNION

25-Apr-2018 00:01:56
The UN Human Rights Office and the African Union on Tuesday (24 Apr) agreed to enhance their strategic partnership to prevent and address human rights abuses and violations on the continent before they grow into full-fledged crises. OHCHR
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STORY: ETHIOPIA / ZEID AFRICAN UNION
TRT: 01:56
SOURCE: OHCHR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT OHCHR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 APRIL 2018, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
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1. Wide shot, walking
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I believe today our dialogue can symbolise – and, in very real terms, accelerate – Africa's determination to hold true to the key principles which underpin sustainable peace and development across the world.”
3. Med shot, panel
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The African Union is a mighty force, and I am convinced that we are natural allies. I call on you to help us stand for the rights of all women and men – not only on this continent, but across the world. Millions of Afrodescendants face daily humiliation and oppression because of racism. We stand up to racism, no matter how powerful the leader who voices it.”
5. Med sho, African Union
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The African Unions work for conflict resolution and conflict prevention is a lynchpin of stability and security in many troubled zones. Human Rights and due delegence and a principled approach that avoids violations against civilians will make that effort more effect in the short, medium and long terms.”
7. Wide shot, panel
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Human rights and justice are also essential to establishing and sustaining peace. Sustainable peace will not be assisted by a business as usual approach, which allows the perpetrators of severe violations to escape justice.”
9. Med shot, hand shake and exchange of document with AU Chair
10. Wide shot, African Union External shoto
STORYLINE
The UN Human Rights Office and the African Union on Tuesday (24 Apr) agreed to enhance their strategic partnership to prevent and address human rights abuses and violations on the continent before they grow into full-fledged crises.

At a High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights at the African Union in Addis Ababa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that the African Union’s work on conflict resolution and conflict prevention “is a lynchpin of stability and security in many troubled regions.”

He said “human rights due diligence, and a principled approach that avoids violations against civilians, will make that effort more effective in the short, medium and long term.”

The AU is seeking to strengthen its expertise on human rights monitoring, reporting and prevention of violations. The UN Human Rights Office can share its experience, lessons learned and best practices to help the AU tailor these to the African context while ensuring coherence with the international and regional human rights system.”

The High Commissioner also stressed that human rights and justice are essential to establishing and sustaining peace.

He said “sustainable peace will not be assisted by a business as usual approach which allows the perpetrators of severe violations to escape justice.”

The two bodies agreed to continue working together to establish a human rights compliance framework for the AU’s peace support operations, to work on widening the democratic space, and to develop and implement a joint AU-UN Framework on Human Rights and Accountability.

The AU and the UN Human Rights Office recognized that discrimination against women and girls is an obstacle to peace and development, and committed to work towards ensuring that “all peoples, even in the most fragile or complex contexts, are able to exercise their rights.”

The High Commissioner also urged the AU to strengthen the role and independence of African human rights institutions – especially the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
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