7 May 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  But today the spokesman for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, qualified what is going on in Sheikh Jarrah as a war crime, forcing the people to defect from their homes.  Do you stand with that statement?  And, if you do, why doesn’t SG speak out against this situation in Sheikh Jarrah, in particular?

Spokesman:  Look, I think the Secretary-General, through his representative has spoken out forcefully on the situation in Sheikh Jarrah, whether things I’ve said here, what Mr. [Tor] Wennesland himself has said, that is on the Secretary-General’s behalf.  The Human Rights Office has a specific voice on human rights.  They are speaking up.  And we have nothing to add or to contradict or anything on that, on what they have said.  That is their responsibility to do that.  And we have no issue with what they’ve said.

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