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08-07-2022 | Conference extracts

Shinzo Abe Tribute - Human Rights Council 8 July 2022


STORY: Shinzo Abe Tribute – Human Rights Council

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  1. Medium shot, UN Geneva flag alley.
  2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council delegates.
  3. SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): Federico Villegas, President of the 50th session of the Human Rights Council: “Paso ahora la palabra al representante de Japon...tiene la palabra." ("I will now pass the floor to the representative of Japan…you have the floor").
  4. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Ambassador Yamazaki Kazuyuki Permanent Representative of Japan to UN Geneva: “Thank you, Mr. Chair. I express my deep gratitude for this opportunity and the messages of condolences we have been receiving on the passing away of former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Abe Shinzo. Today in Japan, we observed the tragic shooting of Mr. Abe. The Japanese people are shocked and saddened by this act of brutality. Mr. Abe was a prominent leader. He served as a Prime Minister for eight years and eight months, which is a record length in Japan's constitutional history. During his time on the international front, he made strenuous efforts to continue to contribute to the world peace and stability and to forge its faces. This despicable act took place in the midst of an election, the very foundation of freedom and democracy. It is absolutely intolerable, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms I would appreciate it if you could join us in observing a minute of silence and silent prayer for Mr. Abe Shinzo.
  5. Medium, delegates stand, pans around room.
  6. Wide, delegates stand and bow heads.
  7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): Federico Villegas, President of the 50th session of the Human Rights Council: “On behalf of the Council, our collective condolences to you, your country, your people, your Government for the passing away of Prime Minister Abe in those tragic circumstances. Thank you.”


Human Rights Council joins in tribute to Shinzo Abe after fatal shooting

The Human Rights Council held a minute’s silence on Friday in memory of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who died after he was shot while attending a political event in the west of Japan. The President of the Council's 50th session, Federico Villegas, expressed solidarity with Japan on behalf of the Geneva forum, while Ambassador Yamazaki Kazuyuki, Permanent Representative of Japan to UN Geneva, asked Member States to stand as a mark of respect to the former premier.


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