Guterres warns that white supremacists and neo-Nazis are becoming a “transnational threat”


The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, warned this Monday that white supremacists and neo-Nazis are becoming a “transnational threat”, although he has not mentioned any specific country.

“The movements of white supremacists and neo-Nazis are more than a threat of domestic terrorism. They are becoming a transnational threat,” he warned during his speech at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

“Too often, these hate groups are hailed by people who hold positions of responsibility in ways that were considered unimaginable not long ago,” he added, before calling for “coordinated global action” to “defeat this serious and growing danger”.

For her part, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has taken advantage of her message to address the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed that its health impact “is far from over”, while its effects on the economy, freedoms, societies and people “have only just begun”.

“The global increase in extreme poverty, accelerating inequalities, setbacks in equality and women’s rights, in education and opportunities for children and youth, and the Sustainable Development Agenda are concerns that could shake the foundations of societies “, he lamented.

In this sense, Guterres has also focused on the “disproportionate” effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women. “The crisis has a woman’s face,” he said, also referring to the fact that people with disabilities, the elderly, refugees, migrants and indigenous people have also paid “a higher price than others” during the first year of the pandemic.

Likewise, it has disfigured the immunization process against COVID-19 globally as “unfair.” “More than 75 percent of all vaccines” have been administered by just ten countries, he has censored. In addition, he has stressed that equality in this sense is consistent with Human Rights, but the nationalism of vaccines denies them. “Vaccines must be a global public good, accessible and affordable for all,” he stressed.

Finally, he dedicated a few words to the situation in Burma and considered that coups “have no place” in the “modern world”. For this reason, he has asked the Burmese Army “to stop the repression immediately, release the prisoners, put an end to the violence and respect Human Rights and the will of the citizens expressed in the recent elections.”

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