White supremacy a ‘transnational threat’, U.N. chief warns

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a “transnational threat” and have exploited coronavirus pandemic to boost support.

Addressing  U.N. Human Rights Council, Guterres said  danger  hate-driven groups  growing daily.

"White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat," he told  Geneva forum. Without naming states, Guterres added: "Today, these extremist movements represent  number one internal security threat in several countries." 

In the States, racial tensions simmered during the turbulent four-year presidency Donald Trump. His successor Joe has said the Jan. 6 siege the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters carried out by “thugs, insurrectionists, political extremists and white supremacists”.

"Far too often, these hate groups are cheered on by people in positions of responsibility in ways that were considered unimaginable not long ago," Guterres said. "We  global coordinated action to defeat this grave and growing danger."

U.N. High for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is to report to the council on March 18 on systemic racism against people of African descent. The global inquiry launched after George Floyd died in Minneapolis last May when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Guterres also accused authorities in some countries of using the  to deploy "heavy-handed security responses and emergency measures to crush dissent".

"At times, access to -saving COVID-19 information has been concealed - while deadly misinformation has been amplified - including by those in power," he said.

Guterres warned about the power of digital platforms and the use and  of data.

urge all Member States to place human rights at the centre of regulatory frameworks and legislation on the and use of digital technologies,” he said. “We a safe, equitable and open digital that does not infringe on privacy or dignity. (Rauters).