Again and again

The Violence of Human Rights
UN chief António Guterres
“Tackling human rights concerns, UN chief urges the world ‘to react earlier and more effectively’ “
youtube, UN-TV


“We are increasingly seeing the perverse phenomenon of populism and extremism feeding off each other in a frenzy of growing racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of intolerance,” Guterres said, referring to growing intolerance in the U.S. and Europe as far-right figures such as President Donald Trump gain power.

In his remarks, Guterres particularly singled out the rights of migrants and refugees as “under attack.” The speech came weeks after the Trump administration barred refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries in a sweeping travel ban, and amidst a U.S. government onslaught against undocumented immigrants.

Indeed, Guterres’ comments echoed a report published last week by Amnesty International, which found that Trump’s rhetoric has made the world “darker” and “more unstable,” as Common Dreams reported.

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