GENEVA ― United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi actions have gotten a “transnational menace” and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to spice up their assist.
Addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, Guterres mentioned the hazard of hate-driven teams was rising each day.
“White supremacy and neo-Nazi actions are greater than home terror threats. They have gotten a transnational menace,” he informed the Geneva discussion board. Without naming states, Guterres added: “Today, these extremist actions characterize the primary inside safety menace in a number of nations.”
In the United States, racial tensions simmered throughout the turbulent four-year presidency of Donald Trump. His successor Joe Biden has mentioned the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters was carried out by “thugs, insurrectionists, political extremists and white supremacists”.
“Far too usually, these hate teams are cheered on by folks in positions of accountability in ways in which have been thought-about unimaginable not way back,” Guterres mentioned. “We want international coordinated motion to defeat this grave and rising hazard.”
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is to report back to the council on March 18 on systemic racism in opposition to folks of African descent. The international inquiry was launched after George Floyd died in Minneapolis final May when a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes.
Guterres additionally accused authorities in some nations of utilizing the COVID-19 pandemic to deploy “heavy-handed safety responses and emergency measures to crush dissent”.
“At instances, entry to life-saving COVID-19 info has been hid ― whereas lethal misinformation has been amplified ― together with by these in energy,” he mentioned.
Guterres warned in regards to the energy of digital platforms and the use and abuse of information.
“I urge all Member States to position human rights on the heart of regulatory frameworks and laws on the event and use of digital applied sciences,” he mentioned. “We want a secure, equitable and open digital future that doesn’t infringe on privateness or dignity.”
Reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York; Editing by Stephanie Nebehay and Catherine Evans
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