UN / VICTIMS OF TERRORISM

08-Sep-2022 00:04:47
The first United Nations Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism, organized by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), kicked off in New York under the theme of “Advancing the Rights and Needs of Victims of Terrorism”. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 7-8 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

8 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Close up, Vladimir Voronkov opens the Congress
3. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ana Evans, victim of terrorism, Argentina:
“Hello. My name is Ana Evans and I am from Argentina. On the 31st of October 2017, my life and the lives of my three kids froze with the impactful news that, while on vacation, my husband and his friends were ran over and killed by a bus driven by a terrorist while they rode their bikes by the river in the very heart of this city.”
5. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ashraf Al-Khaled, victim of terrorism, Jordan:
“November 5th 2005 was supposed to be the happiest day of my life, as I was getting married. 10 minutes to nine everything changed when terror revealed its face in our beloved capital, Aman, Jordan. Three hotels were bombed, including the ballroom of my wedding reception. I lost my father, my father-in-law, my mother-in-law and 24 other relatives.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT):
“Today we say to you that you are not alone. We pay tribute to your courage, resilience and fortitude. I reaffirm the United Nations’ commitment to amplify your voices and helping you to get the support you need and to exercise the rights to which you are entitled.”
14. Wide shot, Amina Mohammed walks to the podium at the General Assembly hall
15. UPSOUND (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Before proceeding I would like to call on everyone here to observe a minute of silence in honor of victims of terrorism across the globe.”
16. Pan right, participants hold minute of silence
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Solidarity and support for victims of terrorism is a moral obligation and a humanitarian and human rights imperative. But let's be clear, today's Congress is not only to benefit victims, it is an essential part of our efforts to prevent an end terrorism everywhere.”
18. Wide shot, General Assembly hall
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“We can all agree that States take terrorism very seriously as a security threat. However, they do not necessarily always ensure adequate support to victims and their families. We need to ensure more focused and more dedicated mechanisms to ensure the rights of the victims of terrorism are protected.”
20. Wide shot, Abdulla Shahid walks away from the podium
21. Wide shot, press briefing room
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Raffi Gregorian, Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General and Director at the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism:
“Victims often feel forgotten, alone, abandoned, voiceless, either because their governments have no mechanisms to support them or psychological injuries amplify the shortcomings of what might exist. For many, being shut in or locked down during the pandemic made everything manifestly worse. Perversely, victims often feel ashamed that they survived a terrorist attack. Can you imagine that?”
23. Wide shot, press briefing room \

7 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

24. Zoom out, photographic exhibition
25. Various shots, Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, and Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez, Minister of the Interior of Spain and Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, tour the exhibition
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The first United Nations Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism, organized by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), kicked off in New York under the theme of “Advancing the Rights and Needs of Victims of Terrorism”.

The Global Congress is expected to bring together more than 600 participants and will be the world's largest and most diverse gathering of victims of terrorism, Member States, civil society, experts, academics and the private sector convened at this level.

The Congress started today (8 Sep) with the testimony of eight victims, from Argentina and the United States to Cameroon, Pakistan, India, the Netherlands and Iraq.

Ana Evans, from Argentina, shared how she and her three kids lost her husband and father on the 31st of October 2017 when the group he was in was “ran over and killed by a bus driven by a terrorist while they rode their bikes by the river in the very heart of this city.”

Ashraf Al-Khaled, from Jordan, recalled that November 5th 2005 was supposed to be the happiest day of his life, as he was getting married.

When three hotels were bombed, including the ballroom of his wedding reception, he lost his father, father-in-law, mother-in-law and 24 other relatives.

Addressing the Congress, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-terrorism (UNOCT), Vladimir Voronkov, said the United Nations paid tribute to their courage, resilience and fortitude.

“I reaffirm the United Nations’ commitment to amplify your voices and helping you to get the support you need and to exercise the rights to which you are entitled”, Voronkov said.

The Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, noted that “solidarity and support for victims of terrorism is a moral obligation and a humanitarian and human rights imperative.”

Mohammed continued, “But let's be clear, today's Congress is not only to benefit victims, it is an essential part of our efforts to prevent an end terrorism everywhere.”

The President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, noted that “we can all agree that States take terrorism very seriously as a security threat” but, he continued, “they do not necessarily always ensure adequate support to victims and their families.”

“We need to ensure more focused and more dedicated mechanisms to ensure the rights of the victims of terrorism are protected”, Shahid added.

Speaking to journalists during the first day of the event, Raffi Gregorian, Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General and Director at the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, said that “victims often feel forgotten, alone, abandoned, voiceless, either because their governments have no mechanisms to support them or psychological injuries amplify the shortcomings of what might exist.”

For many, Gregorian added, “being shut in or locked down during the pandemic made everything manifestly worse.” On top of that, he said, ”perversely, victims often feel ashamed that they survived a terrorist attack.”

Besides the High-Level opening session in the General Assembly, the Congress will have six interactive thematic sessions spread throughout the two days that are expected to yield clear and concrete recommendations for action at all levels.

The Global Congress also features the “Memories” campaign, which tells the stories of 22 victims of terrorism through films and a photographic exhibition. The campaign allows the audience to relate to victims, to feel their loss and see their resilience, and to better understand the importance of remembering and paying tribute to victims of terrorism worldwide.

Vladimir Voronkov and Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez, Minister of the Interior of Spain and Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, toured the exhibition on Wednesday (7 Sep).
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