Danger of hate-driven groups grows daily.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday, February 22, 2021 that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a “transnational threat” and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to boost their support.
Addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, Guterres said the danger of hate-driven groups was growing daily.
“White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat,” he told the Geneva forum. Without naming states, Guterres added: “Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries.”
In the United States, racial tensions simmered during the turbulent four-year presidency of Donald Trump. President Joe Biden has said the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters was 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 need global coordinated action to defeat this grave and growing danger.”
U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet will present a report on systemic racism against people of African descent to the U.N. Human Rights Council on March 18, 2021.
President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland (who was former President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court) has his sights set on tackling white supremacy if confirmed as head of the Department of Justice.
In opening remarks ahead of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, February 22, Garland specifically called out his plans to prosecute the “white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6.