Covid-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide

12 May 2021
| Mar 19, 2021

This article by Human Rights Watch discusses the recent spike in ongoing anti-Asian racism and xenophobia worldwide. Government should take urgent steps to prevent violence and discrimination linked to Covid-19. In some instances, government leaders and senior officials have directly or indirectly encouraged hate crimes, racism, or xenophobia by using anti-Chinese rhetoric.

“Racism and physical attacks on Asians and people of Asian descent have spread with the Covid-19 pandemic, and government leaders need to act decisively to address the trend,” said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director. “Governments should act to expand public outreach, promote tolerance, and counter hate speech while aggressively investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.”

Watch AFSC's Facebook Live on 4th March discussing this topic here.