OHCHR / BRAZIL DISAPPEARANCES

10-Jun-2022 00:02:04
Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani expressed concern about “the continued lack of information on the whereabouts and wellbeing of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous rights defender Bruno Araújo Pereira” in Brazil. OHCHR
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DATELINE 10 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, exterior, flag alley, Palais des Nations

10 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are concerned about the continued lack of information on the whereabouts and wellbeing of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous rights defender Bruno Araújo Pereira in the Javari Valley, a remote area in western Amazon of Brazil, neighbouring Peru and Colombia. Our regional office for South America is monitoring the situation closely.”
4. Wide shot, briefing room participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Javari Valley in the Amazon is the second biggest indigenous territory in Brazil, and it is believed to have one of the world’s highest concentrations of uncontacted indigenous tribes. The area is also seriously affected by illegal trafficking, mining, and fishing, and it is reportedly suffering from increased activities of armed groups.”
6. Wide shot, briefing room participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We urge Brazilian authorities to redouble their efforts to find Phillips and Pereira, with time of the essence in view of the real risks to their rights to life and security. It is therefore crucial that authorities at the federal and local levels react robustly and expeditiously, including by fully deploying available means and necessary specialized resources to effectively search over the remote area in question.”
8. Close up, Shamdasani
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We also commend civil society groups who have been coordinating efforts to locate the two men, including by sending search-and-rescue missions to the area.”
10. Close up, cameraman filming
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We stress our concern as to the wider context of constant attacks and harassment faced by human rights defenders, environmentalists, and journalists in Brazil. The authorities have the responsibility to protect their role and ensure that they can exercise their rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and association, free from attacks or threats.”
12. Wide shot, briefing room
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Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani today (10 Jun) expressed concern about “the continued lack of information on the whereabouts and wellbeing of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous rights defender Bruno Araújo Pereira” in Brazil.

Phillips and Araújo Pereira have been missing since Sunday 5 June when they were last seen travelling in a boat on the Itaquaí river, reportedly to conduct interviews with indigenous communities in the Javari Valley, a remote area in western Amazon of Brazil, neighbouring Peru and Colombia.

Speaking at the bi-weekly briefing in Geneva, Shamdasani said, “Javari Valley in the Amazon is the second biggest indigenous territory in Brazil, and it is believed to have one of the world’s highest concentrations of uncontacted indigenous tribes. The area is also seriously affected by illegal trafficking, mining, and fishing, and it is reportedly suffering from increased activities of armed groups.”

Phillips and Araújo Pereira have played important roles in raising awareness and defending the human rights of the indigenous peoples in the area, including by monitoring and reporting illegal activities in the Javari Valley. Pereira had reportedly received threats related to his work in defence of indigenous peoples and the environment.

Shamdasani urged Brazilian authorities “to redouble their efforts to find Phillips and Pereira, with time of the essence in view of the real risks to their rights to life and security. It is therefore crucial that authorities at the federal and local levels react robustly and expeditiously, including by fully deploying available means and necessary specialized resources to effectively search over the remote area in question.”

“We also commend civil society groups who have been coordinating efforts to locate the two men, including by sending search-and-rescue missions to the area,” Shamdasani added.

In conclusion the spokesperson stressed the Human Rights Office’s concern “as to the wider context of constant attacks and harassment faced by human rights defenders, environmentalists, and journalists in Brazil. The authorities have the responsibility to protect their role and ensure that they can exercise their rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and association, free from attacks or threats.”
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