racism

Independent rights expert says emerging technologies entrenching racism, discrimination

An independent UN human rights expert is calling for greater scrutiny of emerging digital technologies which she said are being used to uphold racial inequality, discrimination and intolerance.

News in Brief 15 June 2020

  • UN appalled by attack on civilians and humanitarians in Nigeria
  • Atomic agency launches initiative to prevent future pandemics
  • Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debate
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Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debate

After a three month long COVID-19-enforced break, the Human Rights Council resumed on Monday, giving the green light to a rare Urgent Debate on racism, alleged police brutality and violence against protesters sickened by the killing of American George Floyd in police custody.

News in Brief 5 June 2020

  • Demonstrators in streets should protect themselves and others from COVID-19
  • May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown
  • Taking oceans for granted must stop for all our sakes: world’s fastest yachtswoman
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US must address deep-seated grievances to move beyond history of racism and violence

Voices calling for an end to “the endemic and structural racism that blights US society” must be heard and understood, for the country to move past its “tragic history of racism and violence”, the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday.

UN appeals for restraint, ‘social cohesion’ as protests across the US continue

Responding to on-going protests that have spawned violence on all sides across dozens of US cities, the UN Spokesperson on Monday reiterated the Secretary-General’s appeal for grievances to be heard in “peaceful ways”, met with restraint by police and security forces.

US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings of unarmed African Americans

The UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.

PODCAST: ‘Entrepreneurs of intolerance’ compound COVID-19 racist backlash

In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, from UN News, we hear from independent UN human rights expert, Tendayi Achiume, who warns that apart from the coronavirus that’s destroying so many lives and transforming societies around the world, a virulent xenophobia and tide of racial hatred has also been unleashed, aided by what she calls “entrepreneurs of intolerance”.

Music credit: Ketsa: “Within the Earth”, and “Awaiting Her Return”

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UN human rights chief: racism and xenophobia are ‘contagious killers’ too

The coronavirus outbreak may have forced millions around the world already into “social distancing”, keeping a metre apart to prevent its spread, but it will not stop them from uniting to combat racism, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights declared in Geneva on Friday. 

News in Brief 21 February 2020

  • Fleeing violence in Syria, families now forced to burn clothes to stay warm 
  • Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus
  • UN chief offers sympathy to German people after racist shooting   
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