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UNHCHR joins condemnation of racist chants against Vinicius Jr

Thursday, May 25th 2023 - 09:07 UTC
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Türk also criticized all those who use racist remarks to pursue their own ends Türk also criticized all those who use racist remarks to pursue their own ends

The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Völker Türk Wednesday joined the list of those condemning Real Madrid Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr being called “a monkey” during a Spanish First Division clash with Valencia last weekend.

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This situation “recalls the prevalence of racism in sport,” said Türk during a press conference. He then called on “those who organize sporting events” to “implement strategies on the ground” to “prevent and counteract” racism in the sporting world. Türk insisted “people of African descent” should be “heard” and “involved” in the decision-making process of measures against racism in order to take “real steps to address their main concerns.” Türk also offered sports federations a guide on how to implement human rights standards and the fight “against stigmatization, racism or discrimination against the LGTBI community.”

The UN official also linked the Vinícius Júnior episode to the murder three years ago of George Floyd in the USA. “It is clear that the problem of police brutality against people of African descent will not be solved until we deal with the broader problem of systematic manifestations of racism that permeate every aspect of our lives,” Türk stressed.

He also condemned “hate speech” fueled “by political and religious leaders who use populism and repression” as well as the growing discrimination against refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable groups.

“This situation is developing in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Greece, or Lebanon, and it is particularly worrying that some laws seem designed to limit people's ability to seek asylum and other forms of protection,” Türk underlined.

He also pointed out that local authorities sometimes seek to ”penalize those who help them, or return them (to their places of origin) in illegal, undignified and unsustainable ways.“

Türk recalled that the Declaration of Human Rights, which is 75 years old this year ”clearly recognizes the right of all persecuted people to seek and obtain asylum, so solidarity is needed to ensure that all vulnerable people are treated with humanity and respect.“ He added that hate speech and narratives against migrants and refugees proliferate in various parts of the world, along with those directed against women, people of certain religious faiths, belonging to certain ethnicities, or LGBTIQ people.

These hate speeches ”are fueled by disseminators of lies and misinformation, and also by political and religious leaders who use populism, repression and the debasement of entire segments of society in order to achieve power and influence,” Türk said.

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  • Tænk


    Where on Earth did them Dagos get *Such Manners...?

    * (”It seemed a pity so much Argentinian talent is wasted. Our best football will come against the right type of opposition - a team who come to play football, and not act as animals.
    Sir Alf Ramsey; 1966)

    May 25th, 2023 - 09:47 am 0
  • FortHay

    Unfortunately, football, especially in Europe, has a long history of abusive fans. They may be a minority, but they ruin the sport for everyone. This will only be brought under control if FIFA and the associated national leaderships take forceful action to quell this sort of activity. In the past, hooligan activity has resulted in both selective and total fan exclusion at some matches. Having said that, it is also incumbent on the majority of fans to resist and denounce this sort of behavior.

    May 25th, 2023 - 10:30 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    There was strong pressure from the Brazilian government for Spain to take action against racist manifestations. Perhaps, this has helped “La Liga” to recant. I heard that Santander cut the sponsorship too.

    May 25th, 2023 - 10:44 am 0
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