(Video) UN chief says pandemic frees tsunami of hatred and xenophobia
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a global effort to put an end to the tsunami of hatred and xenophobia, hostility, and the spread of untruths that are becoming more common with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Hate against foreigners is taking place on the Internet and on the streets, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are spreading and anti-Muslim attacks related to cow-19 have emerged,” Guterres said in a video message.
“Since the elderly are the most vulnerable, parody full of hatred have emerged that suggest they are also the most useless.”
#COVID19 does not care who we are, where we live, or what we believe.
Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering.
That’s why I’m appealing for an all-out effort to end hate speech globally. pic.twitter.com/ojh957xhQq
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 8, 2020
He said migrants and refugees had been mistreated as a source of the virus, preventing them from accessing treatment, while journalists, health workers, and human rights defenders had also been attacked.
The UN chief called on political leaders to show solidarity with all members of society, but also for society to show solidarity with vulnerable people.