Fearful over rise in violence towards Asians: UN chief


Women a soft target

“The world has witnessed horrific deadly attacks, verbal and physical harassment, bullying in schools, workplace discrimination, incitement to hatred in the media and on social media platforms, and incendiary language by those in positions of power. In some countries, Asian women have been specifically targeted for attack, adding misogyny to the toxic mix of hatred.”Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

United Nations, March 23

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed profound concern over the rise of violence against Asians and people of Asian descent during the pandemic, saying thousands of incidents through the past year perpetuated a “centuries-long history” of intolerance, stereotyping and abuse. Guterres’ statement comes against the backdrop of multiple shootings this month in and around Atlanta that killed eight persons, among whom six were Asian women.

Robert Aaron Long, 21, a white man, admitted to the police that he had killed four persons inside two spas in Atlanta and four others at a massage parlour in suburban Cherokee County.

Guterres is profoundly concerned about the rise of violence against Asians and people of Asian descent during the Covid-19 pandemic,” a statement issued through his spokesperson said.

“The world has witnessed horrific deadly attacks, verbal and physical harassment, bullying in schools, workplace discrimination, incitement to hatred in the media and on social media platforms, and incendiary language by those in positions of power,” he said. Guterres said in some countries, Asian women have been specifically targeted for attack, adding misogyny to the toxic mix of hatred. PTI



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