United Nations, United States:
UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres referred to as Friday for an “all-out effort” to finish the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia” sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with out naming particular nations.
“The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,” Guterres mentioned in an announcement.
“Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged on-line and within the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have unfold and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim assaults have occurred.”
Based on Guterres, migrants and refugees have been “vilified as a supply of the virus — after which denied entry to medical therapy.”
In the meantime, “contemptible memes have emerged suggesting” that older individuals, a few of the most weak to the virus, “are additionally essentially the most expendable,” he mentioned.
Moreover, “journalists, whistleblowers, well being professionals, assist employees and human rights defenders are being focused merely for doing their jobs,” Guterres mentioned.
The UN chief appealed for “an all-out effort to finish hate speech globally,” and singled out instructional establishments to assist educate “digital literacy” to younger individuals — whom he referred to as “captive and probably despairing audiences.”
Guterres additionally referred to as on “the media, particularly social media corporations, to do way more to flag and… take away racist, misogynist and different dangerous content material.”