UN chief says populism has triggered a rise in intolerance

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Updated 28 January 2017

UN chief says populism has triggered a rise in intolerance

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the rise of populism has triggered an increase in anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of intolerance.
The new UN chief told several hundred people at Friday’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust that “a ‘new normal’ of public discourse is taking hold, in which prejudice is given a free pass and the door is opened to even more extreme hatred.”
Guterres warned that “hate speech and anti-Semitic imagery are proliferating across the Internet and social media.” He called the stereotyping of Muslims “deeply troubling.” And he expressed concern at the discrimination faced by minorities, refugees and migrants across the world.
Guterres said the UN must strengthen its human rights operation, push for justice for perpetrators of grave crimes, and invest in education and youth.


Japan’s Abe says he will meet Iran’s Rouhani this month in NY

Updated 41 min 31 sec ago

Japan’s Abe says he will meet Iran’s Rouhani this month in NY

  • Abe added that he would travel to Belgium after the UNGA session
  • He is also meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the end of the month, as regional tensions rise in the Middle East after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, public broadcaster NHK said.
It was during a meeting with members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that Abe repeated his intention of speaking with Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, according to NHK.
Abe added that he would travel to Belgium after the UNGA session and meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, NHK said.