OHCHR / ISRAEL VISAS

30-Aug-2022 00:01:43
UN Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani made the following statement on Israel’s failure to grant visas for UN Human Rights staff in the occupied Palestinian territory. UNTV CH
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STORY: OHCHR / ISRAEL VISAS
TRT: 01:43
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS

DATELINE: 30 AUGUST 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, exterior of Alley of Flags Palais des Nations Geneva.
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights deplores Israel’s failure to grant visas for UN Human Rights staff in the occupied Palestinian territory,” Shamdasani said
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“But we stress that Israel’s refusal to issue or renew visas for UN Human Rights staff in the occupied Palestinian territory will not prevent the Office from continuing to monitor and report on the human rights situation on the ground.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“In 2020, the 15 international staff of the Office in Palestine – which has been operating in the country for 26 years – had no choice but to leave.”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Subsequent requests for visas and visa renewals have gone unanswered for two years. We have tried to find a solution to this situation, but Israel continues to refuse to engage.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Israel’s treatment of our staff is part of a wider and worrying trend to block human rights access to the occupied Palestinian territory. This raises the question of what exactly the Israeli authorities are trying to hide.”
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are continuing to monitor the State’s compliance with its international human rights obligations and providing technical assistance on human rights.”
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We publicly report on violations by Israel, but also on violations by the State of Palestine, by Hamas in Gaza and Palestinian armed groups. We also provide the principal support to the Palestinian Government to help it improve its compliance with international human rights obligations.”
STORYLINE
UN Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani made the following statement on Israel’s failure to grant visas for UN Human Rights staff in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights deplores Israel’s failure to grant visas for UN Human Rights staff in the occupied Palestinian territory,” Shamdasani said

“But we stress that Israel’s refusal to issue or renew visas for UN Human Rights staff in the occupied Palestinian territory will not prevent the Office from continuing to monitor and report on the human rights situation on the ground,” she added.

“In 2020, the 15 international staff of the Office in Palestine – which has been operating in the country for 26 years – had no choice but to leave,” the UN Human Rights spokesperson said.

“Subsequent requests for visas and visa renewals have gone unanswered for two years. We have tried to find a solution to this situation, but Israel continues to refuse to engage,” she said.

“Israel’s treatment of our staff is part of a wider and worrying trend to block human rights access to the occupied Palestinian territory. This raises the question of what exactly the Israeli authorities are trying to hide,” Shamdasani said.

“We are continuing to monitor the State’s compliance with its international human rights obligations and providing technical assistance on human rights,” she added.

“We publicly report on violations by Israel, but also on violations by the State of Palestine, by Hamas in Gaza and Palestinian armed groups. We also provide the principal support to the Palestinian Government to help it improve its compliance with international human rights obligations,” Shamsasani highlighted.

“We will continue to deliver on our mandate. And we will continue to demand access to the occupied Palestinian territory for our staff, in line with Israel’s obligations as a UN Member State,” she concluded.
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