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UN concerned over rise in violence against Asians

UN concerned over rise in violence against Asians

The UN Secretary-General expressed his profound concern over the rise in violence against people of Asian descent.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend of violence against Asain people was just getting stronger, said Antonio Guterres in his recent statement.

Compounding the general scourge of racism unleashed by COVID-19, in the United States last week, an outpouring of fear and anger grew following the shooting to death of six women of Asian descent in and around Atlanta by a lone gunman, which left eight dead overall.

UN supports “Stop AAPI Hate” coalition

In the United States, the coalition “Stop AAPI Hate” documents and addresses anti-Asian hate and discrimination amid the pandemic. According to the latest data, there were more than 2,800 first-hand accounts of hate crimes having taken place between late March and the end of last year, across 47 states and Washington DC.

Just over seven per cent of these incidents involved Asian Americans over 60 years old, UN News reports on Tuesday.