OHCHR / BACHELET HRC OPENING

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Opening the 44th session of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet compared COVID-19 to “a heat-seeking device that exposes, and is fuelled by, systemic failures to uphold human rights”, and called for “strong, transformative measures to heighten the powerful protections that human rights based-policies can provide.” UNTV CH

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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET HRC OPENING
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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2020 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, flag row, at UN Geneva
2. Wide shot, HRC in session
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Six months after the first cases were detected, it is clear that this epidemic threatens both peace and development – and that it calls for more civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, not less. The pandemic should spur us to adopt strong, transformative measures to heighten the powerful protections that human rights based-policies can provide – by promoting public health, public confidence in official guidance, and greater social and economic resilience. It urgently calls for leadership grounded in clarity, evidence and principle to protect the most vulnerable members of society, and to address the profound inequalities that are accelerating the pandemic's incidence and impact. Wherever they exist, disaggregated data indicate that members of racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples are both more likely to die of COVID-19 and are hit the hardest by its socio-economic consequences. This is particularly true of people of African descent, who – across every area of the Afro-descendant diaspora – continue to face unequal education; inadequate services and access to health-care; and intersecting forms of structural discrimination that put them on the front lines in so- called essential jobs that deepen their vulnerability”
4. Exterior shot, UN Geneva
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“COVID-19 aggravates the exclusion and discrimination suffered by women and girls: their lack of social protection, stemming from their concentration in informal, low status and low-paid jobs; their burden of care for children and the elderly; and the continued exclusion of women from decision-making. Pervasive gender-based violence has also grown in the last few months, with increased number of users of 24/7 hotlines for domestic violence. This situation risks rolling back hard-fought gains for women’s health, economic participation and equal rights. Older people are suffering the highest death tolls and worst medical harms. The shocking rates of contagion, and deaths, in residential care homes suggest profound shortcomings in the approach taken by some national authorities to the pandemic's impact on the care home sector, as well as the quality of medical surveillance and services they provide.”
6. Exterior shot, UN Geneva
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I am dismayed by reports indicating that in many countries, members of minority communities and migrants face increasing stigmatisation – including, in some cases, by officials. In Sri Lanka and India, members of the Muslim minority are being targeted by stigma and hate speech associating them with COVID-19.”
8. Exterior shot, UN Geneva
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Discrimination kills. Depriving people of their social and economic rights, kills. And these deaths and harms damage all of society. COVID-19 is like a heat-seeking device that exposes, and is fuelled by, systemic failures to uphold human rights.”
10. Exterior shot, UN Geneva
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I urge all world leaders to grasp the vital importance of this moment, and to take immediate action to support the work of multilateral institutions that are struggling to assist countries and people in this crisis.”
12. Exterior shot, UN Geneva
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Censorship and criminalization of speech are likely to suppress crucial information needed to address the pandemic. And only respect for their rights - including the right to participate in transparent and accountable decision-making – will inspire people to trust the policies adopted by their Governments. Harmful disinformation should be countered by efforts to provide credible, accurate information from authoritative sources and promote social media literacy. Journalists, human rights defenders and civil society activists can assist the authorities to identify and resolve shortcomings in their COVID-19 responses – and crackdowns are not only unjust violations of their rights; they damage the effectiveness of policies to prevent and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.”
14. Exterior shot, UN Geneva

STORYLINE:

Opening the 44th session of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet compared COVID-19 to “a heat-seeking device that exposes, and is fuelled by, systemic failures to uphold human rights”, and called for “strong, transformative measures to heighten the powerful protections that human rights based-policies can provide.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Six months after the first cases were detected, it is clear that this epidemic threatens both peace and development – and that it calls for more civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, not less.

The pandemic should spur us to adopt strong, transformative measures to heighten the powerful protections that human rights based-policies can provide – by promoting public health, public confidence in official guidance, and greater social and economic resilience. It urgently calls for leadership grounded in clarity, evidence and principle to protect the most vulnerable members of society, and to address the profound inequalities that are accelerating the pandemic's incidence and impact.

Wherever they exist, disaggregated data indicate that members of racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples are both more likely to die of COVID-19 and are hit the hardest by its socio-economic consequences. This is particularly true of people of African descent, who – across every area of the Afro-descendant diaspora – continue to face unequal education; inadequate services and access to health-care; and intersecting forms of structural discrimination that put them on the front lines in so- called essential jobs that deepen their vulnerability”

SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “COVID-19 aggravates the exclusion and discrimination suffered by women and girls: their lack of social protection, stemming from their concentration in informal, low status and low-paid jobs; their burden of care for children and the elderly; and the continued exclusion of women from decision-making. Pervasive gender-based violence has also grown in the last few months, with increased number of users of 24/7 hotlines for domestic violence. This situation risks rolling back hard-fought gains for women’s health, economic participation and equal rights.

Older people are suffering the highest death tolls and worst medical harms. The shocking rates of contagion, and deaths, in residential care homes suggest profound shortcomings in the approach taken by some national authorities to the pandemic's impact on the care home sector, as well as the quality of medical surveillance and services they provide.”

SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “I am dismayed by reports indicating that in many countries, members of minority communities and migrants face increasing stigmatisation – including, in some cases, by officials. In Sri Lanka and India, members of the Muslim minority are being targeted by stigma and hate speech associating them with COVID-19.”

SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Discrimination kills. Depriving people of their social and economic rights, kills. And these deaths and harms damage all of society. COVID-19 is like a heat-seeking device that exposes, and is fuelled by, systemic failures to uphold human rights.”

SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “I urge all world leaders to grasp the vital importance of this moment, and to take immediate action to support the work of multilateral institutions that are struggling to assist countries and people in this crisis.”

SOUNDBITE (English): Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Censorship and criminalization of speech are likely to suppress crucial information needed to address the pandemic. And only respect for their rights - including the right to participate in transparent and accountable decision-making – will inspire people to trust the policies adopted by their Governments.

Harmful disinformation should be countered by efforts to provide credible, accurate information from authoritative sources and promote social media literacy. Journalists, human rights defenders and civil society activists can assist the authorities to identify and resolve shortcomings in their COVID-19 responses – and crackdowns are not only unjust violations of their rights; they damage the effectiveness of policies to prevent and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.”
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