Today, the Western World is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. On this special occasion, Germany took the opportunity to call for more cooperation in Europe as some countries are lifting up quarantine. In five months of time, COVID-19 has killed nearly 270,000 people. Unfortunately, it has also generated an avalanche of hatred and xenophobia worldwide. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stated that the repugnant idea that one could sacrifice others, has started to spread widely.
Coronavirus is not just a health issue as it has lead to an increase of xenophobia. Racist incidents have peaked worldwide. Those who are the most affected are Asian communities, in particular Chinese. President Trump has publicly qualified COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” numerous times. Other political leaders have requested to deny migrants access to medical services. Asians have been refused entry from restaurants. They have been targeted by inappropriate remarks or even assaulted.
In these, though times, countries and citizens need to show compassion, tolerance, and acceptance. Human rights are inherent to ALL people, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. A virus has no nationality. Social media has a big role in spreading misinformation around such outbreaks as it happened with SARS or Ebola. So please, spread love, hope, and peace. Let’s fight racism together, let’s call out hatred, let’s stand up for Human Rights and let’s be united.