OHCHR / BACHELET BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA PRESSER

24-Jun-2022 00:03:36
Addressing journalists after her mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, “I am particularly concerned to hear that courts across Bosnia and Herzegovina have denied wartime survivors’ claims for compensation by imposing statutes of limitations.” OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA PRESSER
TRT: 03:36
SOURCE: OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / BOSNIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 21-24 JUNE 2022, SARAJEVO, SREBRENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, Srebrenica memorial
2. Various shots, wreath-laying
3. Various shots, Srebrenica memorial museum exterior and interior
4. Various shots, HC Bachelet meeting with mother of Srebrenica
5. Various shots, Sarajevo
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The scars from the 1992-95 conflict are deep. The memories are still painful. But after my visit, I am convinced that there is a will and determination among many to achieve a society where all citizens, across the country, can enjoy peace and be treated equally, with respect and dignity.”
7. Wide shot, Sarajevo
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Most of the people I have met have expressed concerned about persistent discrimination based on various grounds, primarily based on ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. This affects civil and political rights, including electoral rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.”
9. Various shots, Meeting with Šefik Džaferović, Chairperson Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“From a divided, segregated education system, to access to employment linked to political affiliation or loyalty, to unequal social protection depending on the place where ones resides, to marginalization still faced by many people who returned to their place of origin after the conflict, Roma communities, and people with disabilities.”
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“During my visit, I met with some spirited and courageous civil society actors who highlighted some of the difficulties they face in doing their work, including systemic discrimination, concerns about protection of civic space, including online and offline threats faced by journalists who investigate corruption or challenge the dominant political narratives.”
12. Wide shot, parliament, interior
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Some of the main architects responsible for the war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, have been tried and now face spending the rest of their lives in a jail cell. But many perpetrators, including those accused of sexual violence, still remain unpunished and are walking free in Bosnia and Herzegovina or other countries. It is my hope that justice will be served on them too.”
14. Wide shot, parliament, interior
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Individual accountability through independent justice mechanisms is fundamental to avoid and overcome collective guilt. This is why war crimes trials are so important as elements of truth-seeking and to foster reconciliation.”
16. Wide shot, Bachelet meeting CSO’s UN House
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Little progress has been made in the area of reparations. A key element of the healing process is to ensure that the victims and the families of the victims are provided remedies.”
18. Wide shot, Bachelet meeting CSO’s UN House
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“I am particularly concerned to hear that courts across Bosnia and Herzegovina have denied wartime survivors’ claims for compensation by imposing statutes of limitations.”
20. Wide shot, Bachelet, Srebrenica memorial
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The diversity of this country is one of its great assets. I see so much potential for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Everyone deserves to live in a safe place where respect for their human rights of everyone is at its core.”
22. Wide shot, Bachelet, Srebrenica memorial
STORYLINE
Addressing journalists after her mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, “I am particularly concerned to hear that courts across Bosnia and Herzegovina have denied wartime survivors’ claims for compensation by imposing statutes of limitations.”

This has been the first visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights since Mary Robinson’s trip here in 1998.

“The scars from the 1992-95 conflict are deep. The memories are still painful. But after my visit, I am convinced that there is a will and determination among many to achieve a society where all citizens, across the country, can enjoy peace and be treated equally, with respect and dignity,” she said.

During her visit, the High Commissioner met with senior Government officials, civil society representatives, survivors and families of victims of the 1992-95 conflict, judiciary members, and international community representatives.

“Most of the people I have met have expressed concerned about persistent discrimination based on various grounds, primarily based on ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. This affects civil and political rights, including electoral rights, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights,” Bachelet said.

“From a divided, segregated education system, to access to employment linked to political affiliation or loyalty, to unequal social protection depending on the place where ones resides, to marginalization still faced by many people who returned to their place of origin after the conflict, Roma communities, and people with disabilities,” she said.

“During my visit, I met with some spirited and courageous civil society actors who highlighted some of the difficulties they face in doing their work, including systemic discrimination, concerns about protection of civic space, including online and offline threats faced by journalists who investigate corruption or challenge the dominant political narratives,” she said.

She added, “One of the most moving experiences during the four-day mission was my visit to the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial complex, where some 8,000 men and boys fell victim to the crime of genocide. There I paid homage to the victims, survivors, and families of those killed and met with a mother who shared her story of losing her husband and 16-year-old son.”

“Some of the main architects responsible for the war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, have been tried and now face spending the rest of their lives in a jail cell. But many perpetrators, including those accused of sexual violence, still remain unpunished and are walking free in Bosnia and Herzegovina or other countries. It is my hope that justice will be served on them too,” Bachelet said.

“Individual accountability through independent justice mechanisms is fundamental to avoid and overcome collective guilt. This is why war crimes trials are so important as elements of truth-seeking and to foster reconciliation,” she said.

“Little progress has been made in the area of reparations. A key element of the healing process is to ensure that the victims and the families of the victims are provided remedies,” she stated.

“The diversity of this country is one of its great assets. I see so much potential for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Everyone deserves to live in a safe place where respect for their human rights of everyone is at its core,” Bachelet concluded.
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