OHCHR / COVID-19 DISCRIMINATION

22-Feb-2021 00:01:58
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the COVID-19 pandemic “ripped the mask off the deadly realities of discrimination; deep inequalities; and chronic under-funding for essential services and rights” around the world which are “all largely ignored by many policymakers.” OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / COVID-19 DISCRIMINATION
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SOURCE: OHCHR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

22 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Last year brought us an exceptionally clear picture of our countries, communities and world. The pandemic ripped the mask off the deadly realities of discrimination; deep inequalities; and chronic under-funding for essential services and rights, all largely ignored by many policymakers. It demonstrated how severely the neglect of human rights endangers societies. And it also showed us the profound protective value of human rights-based approaches.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

22 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“To combat the pandemic, we need to acknowledge and repair the fractures that have undermined the resilience of our societies. We need to prepare our recovery – because now, as States extend massive efforts to shore up and rebuild, we have the possibility of rebuilding better, more inclusive systems, which address root causes and prepare us to meet the challenges we will certainly face.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson

22 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I ask Member States to take a clear look at their own record, in terms of the real impact of their efforts to end discrimination, redress inequalities, and ensure that all their people have the freedom to participate fully in decisions. With despair and suffering escalating in every region, now is the time to bring people real hope that there will be swift, meaningful and positive change.”

FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7. Aerial shot, Palais Wilson
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the COVID-19 pandemic “ripped the mask off the deadly realities of discrimination; deep inequalities; and chronic under-funding for essential services and rights” around the world which are “all largely ignored by many policymakers.”

In a video message released today (22 Feb), Bachelet said the past year “demonstrated how severely the neglect of human rights endangers societies” and showed the “profound protective value of human rights-based approaches.”

She stressed that to combat the pandemic, “we need to acknowledge and repair the fractures that have undermined the resilience of our societies.” She added, “We need to prepare our recovery – because now, as States extend massive efforts to shore up and rebuild, we have the possibility of rebuilding better, more inclusive systems, which address root causes and prepare us to meet the challenges we will certainly face.”

Bachelet called on countries to take a “clear look at their own record, in terms of the real impact of their efforts to end discrimination, redress inequalities, and ensure that all their people have the freedom to participate fully in decisions.” She noted that with despair and suffering escalating in every region, “now is the time to bring people real hope that there will be swift, meaningful and positive change.”
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