UN Secretary-General worries about rising hate sentiments amidst COVID-19 crisis

The United Nations has called for ending the hate speeches become more prevalent amidst coronavirus pandemic.

On May 8, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the COVID-19 pandemic has paved way for “a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering”. In wake of the rising trend of hate-mongering, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for an “all-out effort to end hate speech globally”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and, in the streets, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread, and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “And I ask everyone, everywhere, to stand up against hate, treat each other with dignity and take every opportunity to spread kindness”.

He requested political leaders to show solidarity with all people and also called for the educational institutions to focus on “digital literacy” at a time when “extremists are seeking to prey on captive and potentially despairing audiences”.

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