xenophobia

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. 

Antisemitism ‘toxic to democracy’, UN expert warns, calling for better education

To counter antisemitism, which is “toxic to democracy” and poses “a threat to all societies if left unaddressed”, countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.

News in Brief 20 September 2019

  • Migrant shooting in Libya, ‘irrefutable’ proof it’s not safe, say agencies
  • Refugee safety a priority amid rising xenophobic attacks in South Africa
  • In Yemen, record 12.4 million food-insecure people receive food assistance
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UNHCR calls for action against xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Authorities in South Africa are being urged by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to act in the wake of recent violence against foreigners in the country, some of which has been deadly.

News in Brief 16 August 2017 (AM)

UN chief condemns triple suicide bombings in Nigeria

A series of suicide bombings in northern Nigeria on Tuesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

At least 30 people were killed in the three attacks which occurred at a market and refugee camp in Borno State.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Africa, DR Congo and South Sudan

State-sponsored xenophobia “unacceptable”: South African Minister says

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Australian indigenous “disproportionally represented” in justice system

Indigenous people in Australia are “disproportionally represented” in the country’s criminal justice system according to a United Nations rights expert.

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Brexit shows need for politicians to stamp out racism says expert

Politicians have a responsibility in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union not to play on people’s fears over migration, causing racist and xenophobic sentiment and hate crimes.

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New campaign in Hungary “fuelling xenophobia”

Hungary is being urged to refrain from “policies and practices that promote intolerance”.

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