UN chief calls for efforts against the resurgent xenophobia

UN chief calls for efforts against the resurgent xenophobia

By Moses Kuwema 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for efforts against resurgent Xenophobia.

In his message to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Secretary-General Guterres said the event honored the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who were systematically murdered in the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators.  

“This year’s anniversary takes place under the shadow of the COVID‑19 pandemic, which has revealed long‑standing fractures and injustices in our societies and contributed to a resurgence in anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” Secretary-General Guterres said.

He said the Holocaust was the culmination of two millennia of discrimination, attacks, expulsions and periodic mass killings of Jews. 

Secretary-General Guterres said the Holocaust should have ended anti-Semitism for good but it did not because the practice had remained alive and well.

“Today, white supremacists and neo-Nazis are resurgent, organizing and recruiting across borders, intensifying their efforts to deny, distort and rewrite history — including the Holocaust.  The COVID-19 pandemic has given them new opportunities to target minorities based on religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status,” he said. “We must make urgent joint efforts to stop them.  As we consider the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must address the fragilities and gaps exposed by the pandemic and strengthen our mutual bonds, based on our common humanity.”

Secretary-General Guterres said 2021, must be a year of healing from the pandemic and broken societies in which hatred had taken root.  

He said as the world remembers those who died in the Holocaust and honour the survivors, the best tribute will be the creation of a world of equality, justice and dignity for all.