OHCHR / BACHELET PRESSER

04-Sep-2019 00:04:07
“In relation to the unrest we are seeing in so many parts of the world, I issue a global call today for all sides to renounce the use of violence, to exercise restraint and to prioritize open and inclusive dialogue,” Michelle Bachelet said at a press conference in Geneva today, one year since she took the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UNTV /OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET PRESSER
TRT: 4:07
SOURCE: UNTV CH /OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS

DATELINE: 4 SEPTEMBER 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, flags, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. Cutaway, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In relation to the unrest we are seeing in so many parts of the world, I issue a global call today for all sides to renounce the use of violence, to exercise restraint and to prioritize open and inclusive dialogue.”
5. Close up, reporter with laptop
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In every region: in Hong Kong, in Russia, in Indonesian Papua, in Indian-Administered Kashmir, in Honduras and in Zimbabwe – and of course Yemen and Syria, we see the desperate need for dialogue. Much of the grievances can be traced back to inequalities and power imbalances. When people from all walks of life are allowed a seat at the table, to openly discuss their access to social, economic, civil, political and cultural rights – in a safe space, without fear of repression – only then can we hope to guarantee stability.”
7. Med shot, reporter with camera
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to have an opinion and to express it in a peaceful way. Blunt measures such as blanket Internet shutdowns, sometimes for prolonged periods, contravene international law. The use of unnecessary and disproportionate force against people holding dissenting views, and arrests of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly can only exacerbate tensions, seriously undermining the space for dialogue.”
9. Wide shot, press room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
““Human rights violations are everybody’s business because they can affect us all at a very fundamental level: our peace and security, our economies, our very lungs depend on the promotion and protection of human rights in places far from our homes, no matter where we live.”
11. Cutaway, reporter
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“More than ever before, sovereignty and national borders are being invoked to prevent human rights issues from being raised and tackled in a concerted way. The international community – ourselves included – is warned not to interfere in internal matters by States around the world. This is a global concern and an increasing trend. »
13. Cutaway, reporters
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I urge all States to come together to work on these critical human rights issues in a concerted, multilateral fashion. International agreements such as the Paris climate agreement the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees provide solid, pragmatic advice. And of course, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and relevant human rights treaties chart the way.”
15. Cutaway, reporters
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I should not need to emphasize that these figures are appalling, shameful and deeply tragic. In a bid to take control of territories, there appears to be little concern about taking civilian lives. Any further escalation will only result in further loss of life and displacement of civilians who have already been forced to repeatedly flee, in situations of dire humanitarian conditions. I appeal to all parties to the conflict and to those – many, powerful States with influence to put aside political differences and halt the carnage.”
17. Close up, reporter recoding with phone
18. Wide shot, cameras
STORYLINE
“In relation to the unrest we are seeing in so many parts of the world, I issue a global call today for all sides to renounce the use of violence, to exercise restraint and to prioritize open and inclusive dialogue,” Michelle Bachelet said at a press conference in Geneva today, one year since she took the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“In every region: in Hong Kong, in Russia, in Indonesian Papua, in Indian-Administered Kashmir, in Honduras and in Zimbabwe – and of course Yemen and Syria, we see the desperate need for dialogue,” said Bachelet. “Much of the grievances can be traced back to inequalities and power imbalances. When people from all walks of life are allowed a seat at the table, to openly discuss their access to social, economic, civil, political and cultural rights – in a safe space, without fear of repression – only then can we hope to guarantee stability,” she added.

Bachelet also said, “the use of unnecessary and disproportionate force against people holding dissenting views, and arrests of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly can only exacerbate tensions, seriously undermining the space for dialogue.”

High Commissioner said that “More than ever before, sovereignty and national borders are being invoked to prevent human rights issues from being raised and tackled in a concerted way,” while the international community is increasingly “warned not to interfere in internal matters by States around the world.”

In regard to these rising trends, Bachelet urged “all States to come together to work on these critical human rights issues in a concerted, multilateral fashion. International agreements such as the Paris climate agreement the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees provide solid, pragmatic advice. And of course, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and relevant human rights treaties chart the way.”

High Commissioner for Human Rights singled out Syria as one of the worst crisis seen recently and said that in only last for months her Office verified that 1089 civilians have been killed by parties to the conflict in the demilitarized zone of Idlib and its surroundings. Out of that number, according to the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), 572 were men, 213 women, and 304 children.

A total of 1,031 of these civilian deaths are, according to the OHCHR, attributable to the airstrikes and ground-based strikes carried out by Government forces and their allies on Idlib and Hama governorates. Non-State armed groups also carried out attacks on populated Government-controlled territories and are reportedly responsible for the other 58 civilian deaths.

“I should not need to emphasize that these figures are appalling, shameful and deeply tragic,” said Bachelet. “In a bid to take control of territories, there appears to be little concern about taking civilian lives. Any further escalation will only result in further loss of life and displacement of civilians who have already been forced to repeatedly flee, in situations of dire humanitarian conditions,” she added.

I appeal to all parties to the conflict and to those – many, powerful States with influence to put aside political differences and halt the carnage,” Bachelet ended.
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