UN official reports rise of neo-Nazism, antisemitism due to pandemic

Special rapporteur E. Tendayi Achiume
The UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held a session Monday specifically targeting the recent sharp rise in antisemitism and neo-Nazism and said there was a direct connection to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In its official press release on the session, the UNHRC stated that there has been “a recent global resurgence in antisemitism and antisemitic violence.” Its Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Tendayi Achiume, linked the phenomenon in part to the worldwide disease that has claimed over 4.8 million lives in the last two years.

In her report on “combatting the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and related ideologies,” said the statement, Achiume said that the pandemic “had continued to contribute to antisemitic, racist, and xenophobic hate speech, conspiracies, and public rhetoric.” She urged member states “to seriously consider how to combat increasing expressions of such intolerance” in their responses to the disease.