OHCHR / PAKISTAN VIOLENCE

08-Sep-2020 00:02:31
The UN human rights Office (OHCHR) has followed "with increasing concern numerous instances of incitement to violence both online and offline – against journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan, in particular against women and minorities,” the OHCHR spokesperson said on Tuesday. UNTV CH
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STORY: OHCHR / PAKISTAN VIOLENCE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 8 SEPTEMBER 2020 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, flag alley, UN Geneva
2. Cutaway, reporter with cameras in background
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘We have followed with increasing concern numerous instances of incitement to violence both online and offline – against journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan, in particular against women and minorities. And especially worrying are the accusations of blasphemy – which can put accused individuals at imminent risk of violence and indeed death.’
4. Cutaway, reporter
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘In one such case, the journalist and human rights defender Marvi Sirmed has received numerous messages on social media containing highly derogatory and violent language, including gender-based slurs and death threats. Accusations of blasphemy on social media were followed by actual police complaints filed against Mrs Sirmed, whose personal details were also revealed on Twitter.’
6. Cutaway, cameras
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘Last year, at least four journalists and bloggers were killed in connection with their reporting in Pakistan. Among them was Arooj Iqbal, who was a woman who was shot dead in Lahore as she sought to launch her own newspaper. And last Saturday the 5th of September,, journalist Shaheena Shaheen was shot dead by unidentified men in Balochistan’s Kech district.’
8. Close up, hands typing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘We have raised our concerns directly with the Government of Pakistan and we have urged immediate, concrete steps to ensure the protection of journalists and human rights defenders who have been subjected to threats. We also stress the need for prompt, effective, thorough and impartial investigations with a view to ensure accountability in cases of violence and killings. Victims and their families have the right to justice, truth and reparations. We welcome that at least in the case of Shaheena Shaheen, a number of high-level Government officials have condemned the murder and pledged to bring to justice the perpetrators, even if its not happened yet.’
10. Cutaway, reporter
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘We call on the leadership to unequivocally condemn incitement to violence against religious minorities and what appears to be an increase in the use of blasphemy laws for personal or political score-settling. We call on them to encourage respect for diversity of opinion.’
12. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

The UN human rights Office (OHCHR) has followed "with increasing concern numerous instances of incitement to violence both online and offline – against journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan, in particular against women and minorities,” the OHCHR spokesperson said on Tuesday (8 Aug).

“Especially worrying are accusations of blasphemy – which can put accused individuals at imminent risk of violence and indeed death,” Rupert Colvile, the Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva.

Pakistani women journalists last month publicly warned of what they described as a coordinated campaign of social media attacks against those who have been critical of Government policies.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘In one such case, the journalist and human rights defender Marvi Sirmed has received numerous messages on social media containing highly derogatory and violent language, including gender-based slurs and death threats. Accusations of blasphemy on social media were followed by actual police complaints filed against Mrs Sirmed, whose personal details were also revealed on Twitter.’

SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘Last year, at least four journalists and bloggers were killed in connection with their reporting in Pakistan. Among them was Arooj Iqbal, who was a woman who was shot dead in Lahore as she sought to launch her own newspaper. And last Saturday (5 September), journalist Shaheena Shaheen was shot dead by unidentified men in Balochistan’s Kech district.’

In the vast majority of such cases, those responsible have not been investigated, prosecuted and held to account.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘We have raised our concerns directly with the Government of Pakistan and we have urged immediate, concrete steps to ensure the protection of journalists and human rights defenders who have been subjected to threats. We also stress the need for prompt, effective, thorough and impartial investigations with a view to ensure accountability in cases of violence and killings. Victims and their families have the right to justice, truth and reparations. We welcome that at least in the case of Shaheena Shaheen, a number of high-level Government officials have condemned the murder and pledged to bring to justice the perpetrators, even if its not happened yet.’

SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
‘We call on the leadership to unequivocally condemn incitement to violence against religious minorities and what appears to be an increase in the use of blasphemy laws for personal or political score-settling. We call on them to encourage respect for diversity of opinion.’
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