UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for an end to all violence against Asians and people of Asian origin, the United Nations said on Monday.
United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said “the secretary-general is deeply concerned” about the orientation of Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The world has witnessed terrible fatal attacks, verbal and physical harassment, bullying in schools, discrimination in the workplace, incitement to hate in the media and on social media platforms, and arsonists in positions of power,” said Haq. “In some countries, Asian women have been targeted, which lends the toxic mixture of hatred misogyny.”
“We want all of this violence to stop,” said Haq.
The UN chief’s deputy spokesman’s statement follows the rampage last Tuesday in three massage companies in the Atlanta area that killed eight people, six of them Asian-American women.
The murders, allegedly of a man who accused his “sexual addiction”, marked a new and terrible chapter in the shameful history of Asian women reduced to sex objects. However, following the discovery of COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Asian men were also targeted.
Haq said, “Thousands of incidents over the past year have continued a centuries-old history of intolerance, stereotyping, scapegoat, exploitation and abuse.”
“The Secretary General expresses his full support for the victims and families and stands in solidarity with all those who are exposed to racism and other attacks on their human rights,” said Haq.