UN chief demands that the world step up to stamp out hatred

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is demanding that the world “step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement.”

The UN chief says that beyond the recent murders of worshippers “there is loathsome rhetoric” aimed not only at religious groups but at migrants and refugees.

He also decries “assertions of white supremacy, a resurgence of neo-Nazi ideology (and) venom directed at anyone considered the ‘other.’”

Guterres said Monday “parts of the Internet are becoming hothouses of hate, as like-minded bigots find each other online, and platforms serve to inflame and enable hate to go viral.”

Guterres said he’s launched initiatives to tackle hate speech and to see how the UN can contribute to the safety of religious sanctuaries.

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