OHCHR / BACHELET HRC OPENING

14-Sep-2020 00:06:30
At the opening of the Global Human Rights Update in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said "a fast-moving and global health crisis has collided with many slower, and more entrenched, political, social and economic crises around the world." UNTV CH
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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET HRC OPENING
TRT: 06:30
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“With COVID-19, a fast-moving and global health crisis has collided with many slower, and more entrenched, political, social and economic crises around the world. Those multiple underlying fractures, which have made us more vulnerable to this virus – and create entry points for its harms – result primarily from political processes that exclude people's voices, and gaps in human rights protection.”
3.Cutaway, participants
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I see important opportunities for us to assist States to devise human rights-based action that can de-escalate tensions; support sustainable development; and preserve people's well-being, even at this challenging time.”
5.Cutaway, participants
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In Belarus, we continue to receive alarming reports of the ongoing violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life, notably women. Reports continue to indicate unnecessary or excessive use of force by law enforcement officials; thousands of arrests, many of them apparently arbitrary; and hundreds of allegations of torture or ill-treatment, including against children, with some reports indicating sexual violence. Recently, abductions by unidentified individuals of people associated with the opposition have also been reported.”
7.Wide shot, Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
8.SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Re-establishing social peace in Belarus requires far-reaching dialogue, reforms, and accountability for grave human rights violations.”
9.Cutaway, hands
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In Lebanon, compounded political, socio-economic and financial crises have persistently burdened the population, with reports indicating that more than 55% the population is now trapped in poverty – almost double last year's rate.”
11.Wide shot, Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Accountability for this tragedy will be vital, with an impartial, independent, thorough and transparent investigation into the explosion. Political actors must agree on, and implement, reforms aimed at preventing further erosion of rights, to meaningfully address the grievances of the people and the country's underlying human rights gaps.”
13.Cutaway, hands typing
14.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the escalating tragedy in Gaza is of particular concern. Although temporary truces are welcome –including the latest agreement to end hostilities between armed groups in Gaza and Israel –Gaza's 2 million people desperately need long-term and sustainable solutions. The blockade by sea and land, which Israel has imposed for 13 years, has brought Gaza's main economic and commercial activities to a complete halt.”
15.Wide shot, Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
16.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The blockade, which contravenes international law, has conclusively failed to deliver security or peace for Israelis and Palestinians, and should urgently be lifted.”
17.Cutaway, participants
18.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In China, my office continues to follow developments in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - particularly the impact of the National Security Law. Since its implementation in July at least 24 individuals have been charged under the law. The Hong Kong authorities have consistently stated that the law is not intended to impact negatively on the peaceful exercise of human rights by Hong Kong’s residents. Accordingly, I would encourage the Hong Kong authorities to monitor closely the enforcement of the law by the police and the courts, and to take steps to review the law in response to any negative consequences it might have on the enjoyment of human rights.”
19.Cutaway, participants
20.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I am concerned about the Uighurs. My Office continues to engage with the Chinese Government on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the impact on human rights of its policies. Following an invitation extended by the Government of China, I have been discussing with the authorities the conditions of a possible visit to Xinjiang when conditions are conducive.”
21.Cutaway, participants
22.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In the Philippines, we continue to work with the Government, the Commission on Human Rights, civil society and the UN system to develop follow-up actions to our June report. I am concerned by continued reports of drug-related killings, by both police and vigilantes, including during COVID-related restrictions on movement”
23.Cutaway, participants
24.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“There is clearly an urgent need to revoke the policies that continue to result in killings and other human rights violation, to bring to justice the perpetrators, and to halt the use of rhetoric inciting violence against people who use or sell drugs.”
25.Cutaway, participants
26.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The severe socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas region should alert all actors to the urgency of addressing the region’s profound inequalities in development. Coupled with often fragile democratic systems, it may also be a warning of potentially high risks of social unrest. The only way to build a sustainable recovery will be to address the root causes of inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. It will also be crucial to strengthen democracy and safeguard human rights in response to increasing levels of violence across the region.”
27.Cutaway, participants
28.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Alarming numbers of human rights defenders and journalists continue to be intimidated, attacked and killed – particularly those dedicated to protecting the environment and land rights. I call on all Governments to refrain from discrediting human rights defenders and journalists, putting them at further risk of attacks. I encourage decisive investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators.”
29.Cutaway, participants
30.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Humanity has faced many crises. I am convinced that together, we can weather the current challenges – and that our societies can emerge better able to prevent injustice. It is time to rise to the occasion. Thank you”
31.Various shots, participants
STORYLINE
At the opening of the Global Human Rights Update in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said "a fast-moving and global health crisis has collided with many slower, and more entrenched, political, social and economic crises around the world."

Bachelet said “with COVID-19, a fast-moving and global health crisis has collided with many slower, and more entrenched, political, social and economic crises around the world. Those multiple underlying fractures, which have made us more vulnerable to this virus – and create entry points for its harms – result primarily from political processes that exclude people's voices, and gaps in human rights protection.”

She also said “I see important opportunities for us to assist States to devise human rights-based action that can de-escalate tensions; support sustainable development; and preserve people's well-being, even at this challenging time.”

On the political crisis in Belarus, the High Commissioner said in Belarus, we continue to receive alarming reports of the ongoing violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life, notably women. Reports continue to indicate unnecessary or excessive use of force by law enforcement officials; thousands of arrests, many of them apparently arbitrary; and hundreds of allegations of torture or ill-treatment, including against children, with some reports indicating sexual violence. Recently, abductions by unidentified individuals of people associated with the opposition have also been reported.”

She also said “re-establishing social peace in Belarus requires far-reaching dialogue, reforms, and accountability for grave human rights violations.

On Lebanon, Bachelet said “In Lebanon, compounded political, socio-economic and financial crises have persistently burdened the population, with reports indicating that more than 55% the population is now trapped in poverty – almost double last year's rate.

SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Accountability for this tragedy will be vital, with an impartial, independent, thorough and transparent investigation into the explosion. Political actors must agree on, and implement, reforms aimed at preventing further erosion of rights, to meaningfully address the grievances of the people and the country's underlying human rights gaps.

On the Occupied Palestinian Territory :she said “In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the escalating tragedy in Gaza is of particular concern. Although temporary truces are welcome –including the latest agreement to end hostilities between armed groups in Gaza and Israel –Gaza's 2 million people desperately need long-term and sustainable solutions. The blockade by sea and land, which Israel has imposed for 13 years, has brought Gaza's main economic and commercial activities to a complete halt.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “The blockade, which contravenes international law, has conclusively failed to deliver security or peace for Israelis and Palestinians, and should urgently be lifted.”

On China, the High Commissioner said “In China, my office continues to follow developments in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - particularly the impact of the National Security Law. Since its implementation in July at least 24 individuals have been charged under the law. The Hong Kong authorities have consistently stated that the law is not intended to impact negatively on the peaceful exercise of human rights by Hong Kong’s residents. Accordingly, I would encourage the Hong Kong authorities to monitor closely the enforcement of the law by the police and the courts, and to take steps to review the law in response to any negative consequences it might have on the enjoyment of human rights.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “I am concerned about the Uighurs. My Office continues to engage with the Chinese Government on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the impact on human rights of its policies. Following an invitation extended by the Government of China, I have been discussing with the authorities the conditions of a possible visit to Xinjiang when conditions are conducive.”

On the Philippines: Bachelet said “In the Philippines, we continue to work with the Government, the Commission on Human Rights, civil society and the UN system to develop follow-up actions to our June report. I am concerned by continued reports of drug-related killings, by both police and vigilantes, including during COVID-related restrictions on movement”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “There is clearly an urgent need to revoke the policies that continue to result in killings and other human rights violation, to bring to justice the perpetrators, and to halt the use of rhetoric inciting violence against people who use or sell drugs.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “The severe socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas region should alert all actors to the urgency of addressing the region’s profound inequalities in development. Coupled with often fragile democratic systems, it may also be a warning of potentially high risks of social unrest. The only way to build a sustainable recovery will be to address the root causes of inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. It will also be crucial to strengthen democracy and safeguard human rights in response to increasing levels of violence across the region.

On human rights defenders and journalist, Bachelet said “Alarming numbers of human rights defenders and journalists continue to be intimidated, attacked and killed – particularly those dedicated to protecting the environment and land rights. I call on all Governments to refrain from discrediting human rights defenders and journalists, putting them at further risk of attacks. I encourage decisive investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Humanity has faced many crises. I am convinced that together, we can weather the current challenges – and that our societies can emerge better able to prevent injustice. It is time to rise to the occasion. Thank you”
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