UN / HATE BASED VIOLENCE

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A “disturbing groundswell” of hate-based violence and intolerance aimed at religious devotees across all faiths, must be countered soon before it’s too late, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, noting murderous attacks in just the past few days on a synagogue in California, and a church in Burkina Faso. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

29 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Around the world, we are seeing a disturbing groundswell of intolerance and hate-based violence targeting worshippers of many faiths. In recent days a synagogue in the United States and a church in Burkina Faso have come under attack. Such incidents have become all-too-familiar: Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Jews murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Christians killed at prayer, their churches often torched. Houses of worship, instead of the safe havens they should be, have become targets. Beyond the murders, there is loathsome rhetoric: xenophobia aimed not only at religious groups but also at migrants, minorities and refugees; assertions of white supremacy; a resurgence of neo-Nazi ideology; venom directed at anyone considered the ‘other.’”
4. Various shots, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Parts of the Internet are becoming hothouses of hate, as like-minded bigots find each other on-line, and platforms serve to inflame and enable hate to go viral. As crime feeds on crime, and as vile views move from the fringes to the mainstream, the Secretary-General was profoundly concerned that we are nearing a pivotal moment in battling hatred and extremism. That is why the Secretary-General have set in motion two urgent initiatives: devising a plan of action to fully mobilize the United Nations system’s response to tackling hate speech, led by his Special Representative on Genocide Prevention; and exploring how the United Nations can contribute to ensuring the safety of religious sanctuaries, an effort being led by his High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos.”
6. Med shot, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The world must step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement. Hatred is a threat to everyone – and so this is a job for everyone. Political leaders and religious leaders have a special responsibility to promote peaceful coexistence. The Secretary-General will count on the strong support of Governments, civil society and other partners in working together to uphold the values that bind us a single human family.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. Various shots, Security Council taking a minute of silence

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A “disturbing groundswell” of hate-based violence and intolerance aimed at religious devotees across all faiths, must be countered soon before it’s too late, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, noting murderous attacks in just the past few days on a synagogue in California, and a church in Burkina Faso.

In a statement on intolerance and hate-based violence read by UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric today (29 Apr), the Secretary-General said “such incidents have become all-too-familiar: Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Jews murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Christians killed at prayer, their churches often torched. Houses of worship, instead of the safe havens they should be, have become targets. Beyond the murders, there is loathsome rhetoric: xenophobia aimed not only at religious groups but also at migrants, minorities and refugees; assertions of white supremacy; a resurgence of neo-Nazi ideology; venom directed at anyone considered the ‘other.’”

The Secretary-General also noted, “parts of the Internet are becoming hothouses of hate, as like-minded bigots find each other on-line, and platforms serve to inflame and enable hate to go viral.”

The UN chief have set in motion two urgent initiatives: devising a plan of action to fully mobilize the United Nations system’s response to tackling hate speech, led by his Special Representative on Genocide Prevention; and exploring how the United Nations can contribute to ensuring the safety of religious sanctuaries, an effort being led by his High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos.

Guterres reiterated in his statement that “hatred is a threat to everyone – and so this is a job for everyone. Political leaders and religious leaders have a special responsibility to promote peaceful coexistence. The Secretary-General will count on the strong support of Governments, civil society and other partners in working together to uphold the values that bind us a single human family.”

Earlier today, the Security Council members also took a minute of silence for the ones died in a shooting in a synagogue in the US and an attack in a church in Burkina Faso.
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