Ahead of Curve/Arab World Reform
Independent Films, Politics
In response to ongoing protests in the broader Arab World, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for reform rather than repression. Noteworthy in my extended experience at the United Nations, I have not witnessed a Secretary General that is so forthcoming, ahead of the curve, a characteristic perhaps well beyond the traditional bounds of diplomatic discourse, but in my opinion admirable for the straight talk and proactive effectiveness.
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The reports from Bahrain overnight are deeply troubling. Here as elsewhere, violence should not be used against peaceful demonstrators and against journalists. It must stop. Those responsible must be brought to justice.”
5. Cutaway, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I will be reaching out again in the days ahead to leaders in the region to reiterate that message. I will say it once again: the situation calls for bold reforms, not repression. Sustainable progress can take root in places where people are empowered, where governments are responsive, where growth is inclusive.”
7. Cutaway, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I welcome the public commitments that have been made to the holding of free and transparent elections and the enactment of measures to enable them all as part of a transition to democratic, civilian rule. Those commitments must be fulfilled. There must be no turning back.”
9. Cutaway, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“First of all I am disturbed by all this violent means of trying to disperse the demonstrators. The freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, particularly the journalists, their movement, their activity should by fully guaranteed. There should be no violence and human rights should be protected. That’s the basic in addressing this issue. For all the bold measures which I am calling for to take place should be left to the leaders so that they can engage in broad based consultation.”
11. Cutaway, journalist taking notes
12. Wide shot, Ban Ki-moon walks away
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he would be “reaching out again” in the days ahead to leaders in North Africa and the Middle East to reiterate his message that the situation unfolding in the region calls for bold reforms, not repression.
Speaking to journalists today at headquarters in New York, he said that the latest reports from Bahrain were “deeply troubling,” adding that violence should not be used against peaceful demonstrators or against journalists.
Ban also welcomed the public commitments made to holding of free and transparent elections as part of the transition to a democratic, civilian rule. “Those commitments must be fulfilled,” he said, there must be no turning back.”
When asked what specific recommendations he would have regarding the protests in Bahrain, he said that he was “disturbed” by the violent means used to disperse the demonstrators, adding that freedom of expression and freedom of access to information should by fully guaranteed.
Meanwhile, a group of UN experts warned today that the transition process in Egypt should not distract from punishing human rights violations that occurred during the protests, noting that up to 365 people, including 32 police officers, were killed and some 5,500 injured, 1,000 of them police.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 3 mins
Ahead of Curve/Arab World Reform by DiplomaticallyIncorrect is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 License.
- Muhamed Sacirbey, UNTV
- Susan Sacirbey