BURKINA FASO / BACHELET VISIT

02-Dec-2021 00:05:10
At a press conference in Ouagadougou, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Burkina Faso is in the “grips of not one but several major, intersecting crises” adding that the management of these crises could have “repercussions for peace and security and human rights for millions of people in the country, in the region and beyond.” OHCHR
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STORY: BURKINA FASO / BACHELET VISIT
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SOURCE: OHCHR
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 28-29 NOVEMBER / 01 DECEMBER 2021, OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO
SHOTLIST
29 NOVEMBER 2021, OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

1. Wide shot, Ouagadougou
2. Travelling shot, gates to presidential palace
3. Travelling shot, Palais de Kosyam
4. Wide shot, Bachelet meeting President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
5. Med shot, Bachelet AND Kaboré
6. Wide shot, Bachelet and delegation in front of Presidential palace

28 NOVEMBER 2021, OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO


7. Wide shot, Commission Nationale des Droits Humains (CNDH) exterior
8. Med shot, Bachelet and CNDH president Rodrigue Namoano
9. Wide shot, Bachelet leaving CNDH building
10. Wide shot, shot Bachelet and delegation and CNDH staff taking photo

01 DECEMBER 2021, OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

11. Med shot, Bachelet AT Press conference IN WHO building
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
«Je partage tout à fait leurs inquiétudes - la violence méprisable des groupes extrémistes s'est accrue dans de nombreuses régions du pays et son impact sur les droits de l'homme de la population est extrêmement grave.»
(English translation) “I very much share their concerns – the despicable violence by extremist groups has been growing in many parts of the country and its impact on the human rights of the population has been extremely serious.”
13. Wide shot, Journalist at press conference
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
«Dans le contexte de cette situation difficile, il y a eu des allégations d'exécutions sommaires, d'enlèvements, de disparitions forcées et de violences sexuelles par des groupes extrémistes violents, des groupes de défense locaux, des Volontaires pour la Défense de la Patrie (VDP) et les forces de sécurité et de défense nationales. Comme je l'ai souligné avec le président Kaboré, il est essentiel que tous les auteurs de ces violations des droits de l'homme et de ces abus soient traduits en justice, quelle que soit leur affiliation, et qu'ils soient tenus responsables de leurs actes. Ce n'est jamais facile, mais c'est essentiel. Le droit au procès équitable doit être garanti pour tous. Dans ce contexte, nous avons également discuté des défis à relever pour que les personnes soupçonnées de terrorisme soient traduites en justice, conformément aux normes internationales.»
(English translation) “In the context of this challenging situation there have been allegations of summary executions, abductions, forced disappearances and sexual violence by violent extremist groups, local defence groups, the Volontaires pour la Défense de la Patrie (VDP) and national security and defence forces. As I stressed with President Kaboré, it is essential that all perpetrators of such human rights violations and abuses be brought to justice, regardless of their affiliation, and that they are held accountable for their actions. This is never easy, but it is essential. Due process must be guaranteed for everyone. In that context, we also discussed the challenges in ensuring justice for terrorism suspects, in line with international standards.”

29 NOVEMBER 2021, DORI, BURKINA FASO

15. Aerial shot, Sahel north of Ouagadougou
16. Med shot, Bachelet and delegation at helipad in Dori
17. Wide shot, Bachelet and delegation meeting IDP’s and refugees
18. Med shot, IDPs and refugees meeting with Bachelet

01 DECEMBER 2021, OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

19. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
«J'ai découvert une résilience, une dignité et une intégrité incroyables face à des difficultés accablantes. Contraintes de fuir leurs maisons, ayant laissé derrière elles leurs terres et leurs moyens de subsistance, les personnes déplacées à l'intérieur du pays que j'ai rencontrées m'ont dit qu'elles étaient impatientes de trouver les moyens de gagner leur vie. "Nous ne voulons pas la charité - nous voulons avoir la possibilité de faire quelque chose, de gagner notre vie", m'a dit une femme. J'ai été immensément touchée par la générosité des communautés d'accueil qui partagent le peu qu'elles ont avec les personnes déplacées.»
(English translation) “What I found was incredible resilience, dignity and integrity in the face of overwhelming hardship. Forced to flee from their homes, having left behind land and livelihood, the internally displaced people I met told me they were eager to find the means to earn a living. “We do not want charity – we want the opportunity to do something, to earn for ourselves,” one woman told me. I was immensely moved by the generosity of host communities sharing what little they have with the internally displaced people.”
20. Pan left, journalist at press conference
21. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
« Dans le cadre du processus de réconciliation nationale en cours, j'ai discuté avec le gouvernement de la nécessité d'assurer l'inclusion de tous les groupes et secteurs de la société, particulièrement les minorités ethniques et religieuses, les femmes, les jeunes, les syndicalistes et la société civile dans les zones urbaines et rurales du pays, afin de permettre un véritable dialogue. »
(English translation) “In the context of the ongoing national reconciliation process, I discussed with the Government the need to ensure inclusiveness of all groups and sectors of society, particularly ethnic and religious minorities, women, youth, trade unionists and civil society actors in urban and rural parts of the country, to enable true dialogue.”
22. Med shot, journalist asking question
23. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
« Le Burkina Faso est en proie non pas à une mais à plusieurs crises majeures et croisées, incluant des défis régionaux. Je veux profiter de ma visite pour encourager la communauté internationale à intensifier son appui pour aider à la résolution de cette situation sérieuse. La façon dont elle est gérée peut avoir des répercussions sur la paix, la sécurité et les droits de l'homme pour des millions de personnes dans le pays, dans la région et au-delà. Le soutien international et régional est et restera vital. »
(English translation) “Burkina Faso is in the grips of not one but several major, intersecting crises, including challenges from the broader region. I want to use my visit to encourage the international community to step up its support to help resolve this serious situation. How it is managed can have repercussions for peace and security and human rights for millions of people in the country, in the region and beyond. International and regional support is and will continue to be vital.”
24. Wide shot, Bachelet at press conference
25. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
« Le moment présent est décisif et offre l'occasion d'une action énergique, fondée sur les droits de l'homme et l'état de droit, pour éviter que la situation ne devienne incontrôlable. »
(English translation) “The present moment is a decisive one – and it presents a window of opportunity for robust action grounded in human rights and the rule of law to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control.”
26. Wide shot, press conference
27. SOUNDBITE (French) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
« Face aux menaces de l'extrémisme violent, du changement climatique et des crises humanitaires, je peux parler au nom de mon Bureau et du système des Nations unies dans son entièreté pour dire : nous sommes tous ensemble. »
(English translation) ““In confronting threats of violent extremism, climate change, humanitarian crises, I can speak for my Office and the UN system as a whole to say: We are all in this together.”
28. Wide shot, press conference
STORYLINE
At a press conference in Ouagadougou, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Burkina Faso is in the “grips of not one but several major, intersecting crises” adding that the management of these crises could have “repercussions for peace and security and human rights for millions of people in the country, in the region and beyond.”

Bachelet spoke on Wednesday (01 Dec) after she concluded her official four-day visit to Burkina Faso. The invitation by the government was primarily aimed at establishing a UN Human Rights Office in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is today facing a multitude of challenges with severe impacts on a wide range of human rights of its people. Violent extremist groups are increasingly launching devastating attacks throughout the country, particularly in the Sahel region bordering Mali and Niger. Climate change is stripping the livelihoods of farmers and herders, leading to more conflicts and affecting access to water, food, education and health.

During her visit, the High Commissioner met with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and several other high-level officials, as well as the Commission Nationale des Droits Humains and representatives of civil society organisations.

At the press conference, Bachelet said the “despicable violence” by extremist groups has been growing in many parts of the country and its impact on the human rights of the population has been “extremely serious.”

She said there have been allegations of summary executions, abductions, forced disappearances and sexual violence by violent extremist groups, local defence groups, the Volontaires pour la Défense de la Patrie (VDP) and national security and defence forces. She said, “As I stressed with President Kaboré, it is essential that all perpetrators of such human rights violations and abuses be brought to justice, regardless of their affiliation, and that they are held accountable for their actions. This is never easy but it is essential. Due process must be guaranteed for everyone. In that context, we also discussed the challenges in ensuring justice for terrorism suspects, in line with international standards.”

An already difficult humanitarian situation has become much more dire, with some three million people food insecure and more than 3.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance – a 60 percent increase since January last year.

More than 1.4 million people have been internally displaced, amid increasing reports of horrific acts of violence and other human rights abuses by violent extremist groups.

Bachelet said, after meeting with internally displaced persons in Dori, she found “incredible resilience, dignity and integrity in the face of overwhelming hardship. Forced to flee from their homes, having left behind land and livelihood, the internally displaced people I met told me they were eager to find the means to earn a living. ‘We do not want charity – we want the opportunity to do something, to earn for ourselves,’ one woman told me. I was immensely moved by the generosity of host communities sharing what little they have with the internally displaced people.”

With some 59 percent of the total population under the age of 20 in Burkina Faso. the High Commissioner underlined the importance of youth with the Government and civil society actors, particularly in areas in the north most affected by extremist violence. Poverty, the lack of access to economic opportunities and, in some cases, discrimination and marginalization can make young people more vulnerable to radicalization by extremist groups.

Turning to the ongoing national reconciliation process, Bachelet said she discussed with the Government the need to ensure inclusiveness of all groups and sectors of society, “particularly ethnic and religious minorities, women, youth, trade unionists and civil society actors in urban and rural parts of the country, to enable true dialogue.”

She said she wanted to use her visit to encourage the international community to step up its support to help resolve serious crises the country is facing. She said, “International and regional support is and will continue to be vital.”

The High Commissioner stressed that the present moment “is a decisive one – and it presents a window of opportunity for robust action grounded in human rights and the rule of law to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control.”

She said, “In confronting threats of violent extremism, climate change, humanitarian crises, I can speak for my Office and the UN system as a whole to say: We are all in this together.”
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