New York

22 March 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the rise of violence against Asians

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is profoundly concerned about the rise of violence against Asians and people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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. Thousands of incidents across the past year have perpetuated a centuries-long history of intolerance, stereotyping, scapegoating, exploitation and abuse.

The Secretary-General expresses his full support for the victims and families, and stands in solidarity with all those who face racism and other assaults on their human rights.  This moment of challenge for all must be a time to uphold dignity for all.