OHCHR / BACHELET MYANMAR

14-Sep-2020 00:03:10
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet presented the recommendation from the Fact-Finding Mission on the human rights situation in Myanmar, at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council today. UNTV CH
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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET MYANMAR
TRT: 03:11
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1.Wide shot, Assembly Hall Palais des Nations Geneva
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Three years have passed since the military operations in Rakhine created a terrible human rights crisis. The situation of many hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced people remains unresolved. In 2019, the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar concluded that Myanmar incurred State responsibility under the prohibition against genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as for other violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.”
3. Med shot, participants
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“This Council and the General Assembly also emphasized the call for accountability, but regrettably, no concrete measures have been taken. National initiatives, including secretive and selective court martials and the national Commission of Enquiry, have been inadequate and fallen short of international standards.”
5.Med shot, reverse shot of participants
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Currently, people from the Rakhine, Chin, Mro, Daignet and Rohingya communities are increasingly affected by the armed conflict in Rakhine and Chin States, including through disappearances and extra-judicial killings of civilians; massive civilian displacement; arbitrary arrests, torture and deaths in custody; and the destruction of civilian property. Civilian casualties have also been increasing. In some cases, they appear to have been targeted or attacked indiscriminately, which may constitute further war crimes or even crimes against humanity.”
7.Various shots, participants
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet ,UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It is troubling that a number of satellite images and eyewitness accounts indicate that areas in northern Rakhine have been burnt in recent months. I note that the Government has contested this, based on its own review of satellite data– this only underscores the need for independent, on-the-ground investigation.”
9. Med shot, photographer
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I am also alarmed at continuing crackdowns on human rights defenders, journalists, and critics of the Government and Army. And several laws related to the democratic space which fall short of international standards continue to be used, despite recommendations that they be reformed.”
11.Med shot, participants
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Myanmar has repeatedly stated that it wishes to resolve the Rohingya crisis and ensure the Rohingya can return to their places of origin in dignity and safety. Action must now be taken to properly remedy the serious violations the Rohingya have suffered and include them into the life of their country. Given Myanmar's stated commitment to democracy, I also encourage the Government to remove the barriers that impede democratic freedoms and undermine the equal enjoyment of human rights by all in Myanmar.”
13.Various shots, conference room
STORYLINE
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet presented the recommendation from the Fact-Finding Mission on the human rights situation in Myanmar, at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council today (14 Sep).

Bachelet said, “three years have passed since the military operations in Rakhine created a terrible human rights crisis. The situation of many hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced people remains unresolved.”

She noted that “in 2019, the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar concluded that Myanmar incurred State responsibility under the prohibition against genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as for other violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.”

The High Commissioner for Human Rights stated, “this Council and the General Assembly also emphasized the call for accountability, but regrettably, no concrete measures have been taken,” adding that “national initiatives, including secretive and selective court martials and the national Commission of Enquiry, have been inadequate and fallen short of international standards.”

Bachelet said that currently, people from the Rakhine, Chin, Mro, Daignet and Rohingya communities are “increasingly affected by the armed conflict in Rakhine and Chin States, including through disappearances and extra-judicial killings of civilians; massive civilian displacement; arbitrary arrests, torture and deaths in custody; and the destruction of civilian property.”

She continued, “civilian casualties have also been increasing. In some cases, they appear to have been targeted or attacked indiscriminately, which may constitute further war crimes or even crimes against humanity.”

“It is troubling that a number of satellite images and eyewitness accounts indicate that areas in northern Rakhine have been burnt in recent months,” noted by the High Commissioner.

She said, “the Government has contested this, based on its own review of satellite data– this only underscores the need for independent, on-the-ground investigation.”

Bachelet also expressed alarm at “continuing crackdowns on human rights defenders, journalists, and critics of the Government and Army. And several laws related to the democratic space which fall short of international standards continue to be used, despite recommendations that they be reformed.”

She said, “Myanmar has repeatedly stated that it wishes to resolve the Rohingya crisis and ensure the Rohingya can return to their places of origin in dignity and safety. Action must now be taken to properly remedy the serious violations the Rohingya have suffered and include them into the life of their country. “

The High Commissioner stated, “given Myanmar's stated commitment to democracy, I also encourage the Government to remove the barriers that impede democratic freedoms and undermine the equal enjoyment of human rights by all in Myanmar.”
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