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Switzerland: UN 'concerned' by use of force as dozens feared killed in Iran protests

1 19.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Palais des Nations, Geneva *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*
M/S Media and podium for speakers
M/S Journalists listening with earpieces and taking notes
SOT, Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): "We are deeply concerned by reported violations of international norms an standards on the use of force, including the firing of live ammunition, against demonstrators in Iran during the protests that began on Friday and have continued into this week."
C/U Journalists *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): "Overall, protests have reportedly been held in 40 or more towns and cities across the country, but again, details have been hard to verify because of the shutdown of the internet late on Saturday."
C/U Journalists writing on their laptops *CUTAWAis
SOT, Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): "There are increasing reports suggesting that the numbers killed are certainly in the dozens, in at least two figures, some reports even higher. So, it would be very useful to have a better, clearer picture but it is clearly a very significant, very alarming situation and widespread across the country."
C/U Journalists writing on their laptops *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): "We don't know the extent, we don't know the extent of the killings, of the injuries, but it is clearly very serious and taking place in many parts of the country. And that means more than the - as in so many of these cases - it would suggest that it is not simply the immediate trigger to the protest which was a rise in fuel prices, but something much deeper-seated, problems in the country."
M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): "We would encourage states to maintain the flow of information. If there's false information they can rebut it, but let's see the information."
M/S Journalist writing on laptop
C/U Journalist taking notes
M/S Journalist writing on laptop
SCRIPT
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville raised concerns over the use of force against demonstrators in Iran, during a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, as dozens were reportedly killed over the weekend in protests which swept the country over a rise in fuel prices.
Colville said it as a "very alarming situation" and hinted that the demonstrations, which were triggered by the recent announcement by Iran's National Oil Company's (NIOPDC) of at least a 50 per cent increase in gas prices, were the result of deep-seated problems in the country.
"There are increasing reports suggesting that the numbers killed are certainly in the dozens, in at least two figures, some reports even higher," he said, as human rights group Amnesty International said at least 106 protesters have died since the demonstrations turned violent on Friday.
Figures could not be verified, however, due to the Iranian government's decision to shut down internet connections in the country.
"We would encourage states to maintain the flow of information. If there's false information they can rebut it, but let's see the information," Colville said of the shutdown.