OHCHR / BACHELET COVID-19

14-Sep-2020 00:02:55
On the opening day of the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights provided an oral update on Human Rights impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. UNTV CH
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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET COVID-19
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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:
“The world has rarely experienced a simultaneous, global shock as complex as COVID-19. No country has been spared, yet the pandemic's medical, social and economic consequences vary widely. I am convinced that for countries across the income spectrum, human rights-based policies can help to shift these impacts from devastating, to manageable; and contribute to a recovery with better protection and greater resilience.”
3. Wide shot, participants in Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“A number of States were able to count on adaptable human rights-based systems for key services, such as healthcare and social protections. I cannot overstate the importance of these pre-existing systems for the delivery of fundamental rights, shielding people from the worst impacts of temporary crises; and helping them get back on their feet.”
5. Med shot, Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In today’s context, social protection represents a critical tool for facilitating access to health care, protecting people against poverty and ensuring the satisfaction of basic economic and social rights. In 2017, ILO showed that a universal social protection scheme that includes allowances for all children; maternity benefits for all women with new-borns; benefits for all persons with severe disabilities; and universal old-age pensions will cost an average 1.6 per cent of a developing country's GDP. The facts are clear, and lives – everywhere – are on the line. States should be encouraged and assisted to provide universal systems to deliver quality healthcare and social protection to all.”
7. Close up, participant
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“To date, some States have demonstrated deep mistrust of their people – repressing criticism, limiting freedom of information and cracking down on the civic space. These and other human rights violations have undermined public health, as well as human rights and the prospect of a strong and sustainable recovery.”
9. Med shot, Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations Geneva
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“As we have learned from experience in many other viral epidemics – from HIV to Zika and Ebola – these measures to support and promote human rights make for much more effective policies for public health. They are also the most powerful drivers of peace, security, social stability, healthy environment and the continuation of sustainable development”
11.Various shots, participants
STORYLINE
On the opening day of the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights provided an oral update on Human Rights impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bachelet said, “the world has rarely experienced a simultaneous, global shock as complex as COVID-19. No country has been spared, yet the pandemic's medical, social and economic consequences vary widely.”

She continued, “I am convinced that for countries across the income spectrum, human rights-based policies can help to shift these impacts from devastating, to manageable; and contribute to a recovery with better protection and greater resilience.”

The High Commissioner for Human Rights also said that “a number of States were able to count on adaptable human rights-based systems for key services, such as healthcare and social protections.”

She said that she cannot overstate “the importance of these pre-existing systems for the delivery of fundamental rights, shielding people from the worst impacts of temporary crises; and helping them get back on their feet.”

Bachelet also stated, “in today’s context, social protection represents a critical tool for facilitating access to health care, protecting people against poverty and ensuring the satisfaction of basic economic and social rights.”

According to OHCHR, in 2017, ILO showed that a universal social protection scheme that includes allowances for all children; maternity benefits for all women with new-borns; benefits for all persons with severe disabilities; and universal old-age pensions will cost an average 1.6 per cent of a developing country's GDP.”

Bachelet said, “the facts are clear, and lives – everywhere – are on the line. States should be encouraged and assisted to provide universal systems to deliver quality healthcare and social protection to all.”

She also noted that “to date, some States have demonstrated deep mistrust of their people – repressing criticism, limiting freedom of information and cracking down on the civic space.”

Bachelet said, “these and other human rights violations have undermined public health, as well as human rights and the prospect of a strong and sustainable recovery.”

The High Commissioner also said, “as we have learned from experience in many other viral epidemics – from HIV to Zika and Ebola – these measures to support and promote human rights make for much more effective policies for public health. They are also the most powerful drivers of peace, security, social stability, healthy environment and the continuation of sustainable development”
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