United Nations chief: Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies

United Nations chief: Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies

United Nations chief: Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies

In their statement, the United Nations experts expressed concern about the "proliferation and increasing prominence of organized hate and racist groups" in the US.

Sabelo Gumedze, chair of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; Mutuma Ruteere, the UN's Special Rapporteur on racism issues, and Anastasia Crickley, chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, all said Washington needed to be "vigilant" on incitement. "We view these events as the latest examples of increasing racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, racist violence and xenophobia observed in demonstrations across the United States of America", the experts said.

"We view these events as the latest examples of increasing racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, racist violence and xenophobia observed in demonstrations across the USA. Hate crimes must be investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted", they said. "There can be no moral equivalency between racists and Americans standing up to defy hatred and bigotry", she said.

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The experts also called on the United States government to step up efforts in tackling the issues.

"It is absolutely essential for us all to stand up against them everywhere and every time", he added. Recent incidents in California, Oregon, New Orleans and Kentucky, as well as Charlottesville, demonstrate the geographical spread of the problem, ' they insisted.

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The U.S. commander-in-chief sparked a furious backlash on Tuesday by appearing to put white nationalists and counter-demonstrators on an equal moral footing over weekend violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are...poisoning our societies.

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