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UN / IFRC MIGRATION COMPACT

STORY: UN / IFRC MIGRATION COMPACT
TRT: 03:15
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

SHOTLIST:

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

10 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
“All people, regardless of immigration status, should have access to basic services and humanitarian assistance. There is no need to mistreat people to have proper border control. Preventing access to adequate food, basic healthcare, and legal advice about their rights is completely unacceptable. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”
5. Wide shot, press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
“This criminalization of compassion is extremely worrying and could undermine more than a century of humanitarian standards and norms. What’s more, the idea that the prospect of basic search and assistance somehow acts as a pull-factor for migration is simply not true.”
7. Med shot, journalist asking question
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
“For me, bringing them back in Libya is unsafe. And this must be very clear. So, the violation is not very clear when it comes to [whether it] should be Malta, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, or Tunisia, or whatever, it’s more about – and this is the biggest reason of concern – enlarging in the international waters the search and rescue area and bringing them back in a country which is not safe.”
9. Wide shot, journalist asking question
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
“My concern is that the political approach on this is feeding the xenophobia, it’s feeding the extremism; it’s feeding the violent reaction that unfortunately is growing in Europe; and is growing and growing. So, there is this lack of moral responsibility in addressing, you know, and even in linguistically talking, in wording the statements that politicians make sometimes.”
11. Wide shot, dais
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
“We respect the need for every country to protect their own security, and their own border. We don’t question this. We are asking to the governments: ‘how you are dealing with the human beings?’ Which is now related to the migrants – But we are dealing with those who are in vulnerable conditions. So, we are talking about vulnerabilities. And when we see that this is coming from a political debate to a humanitarian debate, when people are discriminated because their legal status this becomes immediately a reason of concern for the humanitarians. This is the approach. It’s not about criticism for political decisions. We are critical and we are very vocal when we see the dignity of human beings put at risk.”
13. Zoom out, press room

STORYLINE:

The President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) called on governments to remove the barriers which prevent migrants from accessing basic services and stressed that “everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (10 Jul), IFRC chief Francesco Rocca said all people, regardless of immigration status, should have access to basic services and humanitarian assistance adding, “There is no need to mistreat people to have proper border control.”

A report released today by the IFCR said restrictive immigration policies are creating a “new walled order.” Rocca said the report, was released corresponding with the final round of negotiations of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. He said the report identified several factors that prevent migrants from accessing the support need, including fear of harassment, arrest, or deportation, and lack of information about their rights. He said some governments were enacting laws which effectively criminalize humanitarian aid to migrants, including search and rescue operations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
“This criminalization of compassion is extremely worrying and could undermine more than a century of humanitarian standards and norms. What’s more, the idea that the prospect of basic search and assistance somehow acts as a pull-factor for migration is simply not true.”

Rocca said he was pleased that the latest Global Compact draft includes all IFRC positions but said he was worried that the situation on the ground was completely disconnected from this and was getting worse.

Asked if it was legal for countries to close their ports to rescue ships in the Mediterranean, the IFRC President said international law states that migrants being rescued must be taken to the closest safe port. He said the question should be if it was legal to take the migrants back to Libya adding that in his opinion Libya is unsafe. He said, “the violation is not very clear when it comes to [whether it] should be Malta, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, or Tunisia, or whatever, it’s more about – and this is the biggest reason of concern – enlarging in the international waters the search and rescue area and bringing them back in a country which is not safe.”

The IFRC chief warned that the rhetoric being used by some politicians regarding migration was “feeding the xenophobia, it’s feeding the extremism; [and] feeding the violent reaction that unfortunately is growing in Europe.”

Rocca said he respects the need for every country to protect its borders. He added that the IFRC’s position was not about “criticism for political decisions”, but stressed that the Federation was very vocal when it sees “the dignity of human beings put at risk.”

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