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Feb. 22 – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Human Rights Council on Monday that it is critically important to be proactive in combating the rise of white supremacy and other ethnic-driven terrorism motivators. During a virtual session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Guterres made these remarks.In his address, Guterres praised the Council for its work, but cautioned that efforts to fight what he called a “transnational threat” such as the Islamic State and al Qaeda must be expanded.

The war against resurgent neo-Nazism, white supremacy and racially and ethnically motivated terrorism must be stepped up as well,”We must also step up the fight against resurgent neo-Nazism, white supremacy and racially and ethnically motivated terrorism,” By the day, the danger of these hate-driven campaigns is rising.”Let us call them what they are: White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat.”

Guterres stressed that a particular emphasis should be put on safeguarding the rights of communities of color, as many of them face numerous threats around the world.”The rot of racism eats away at institutions, social structures and everyday life — sometimes invisibly and insidiously,” he said. “Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries.” He said the “richness of our cultural and social fabric,” is part of minority groups, and that their security is central to humanity.

Guterres added that the coronavirus pandemic has been used by some countries to punish parts of their populations and that a global vaccination push is appropriate. He also called for fairer distribution in order not to become disproportionately vulnerable to poorer nations. “We need global coordinated action to defeat this grave and growing danger.” “Yet we see not only forms of discrimination but also policies of assimilation that seek to wipe out the cultural and religious identity of minority communities,” said the Secretary-General.

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“When a minority community’s culture, language or faith are under attack, all of us are diminished. When authorities cast suspicion on entire groups under the guise of security, all of us are threatened.” Guterres added that the coronavirus pandemic has been used by some countries to punish parts of their populations and that a global vaccination push is appropriate. He also called for fairer distribution in order not to become disproportionately vulnerable to poorer nations. “We need global coordinated action to defeat this grave and growing danger.”

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