Supremacists and neo-Nazis transnational threat, Guterres

UN secretary general, 'movements of hatred are growing'

22 February, 12:44

    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA, FEBRUARY 22 - White supremacists and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a "transnational threat", warned on Monday UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

    These movements represent the greatest threat to the domestic security of many countries. But these "movements of hatred are growing by the day", they are "more than a domestic terrorist threat, they are becoming a transnational threat", said Guterres in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council which, due to the pandemic, is taking place virtually starting on Monday through March 23 in Geneva.

    Guterres launched an appeal to "intensify the fight against the birth of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and racial and ethnic-based terrorism". According to the secretary general, these groups, like others, have taken advantage of the pandemic, as well as social polarization and political and cultural manipulation. "Too often, these groups of hatred are encouraged by people in a position of responsibility, something that seemed unimaginable a while ago. It is only through concerted global action that we can end this grave and growing threat", added the secretary general.

    Guterres also stigmatized the will to fuel the fire of "racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim sectarianism, violence against communities of Christian minorities, homophobia, xenophobia and misogyny" which "is not new". However, the possibility of undertaking such acts in an "easier, more visible and generalized" way is, he concluded. (ANSAmed).

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