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U.S. Human Rights: NGO leaders call on UN to increase monitoring of racism in U.S.
July 05,2021   By:CGTN
July 5, 2021 -- Experts and NGOs have called on the UN Human Rights Council to take action against systemic racism in the United States. The calls were made on Monday at a parallel event for the 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, held online from Beijing. 
 
Speaking at the event, the director general of the UN Association of China expressed concerns over the mistreatment of racial minorities in the U.S., especially Asian Americans after the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
ZHANG DAN Vice President and Director General UN Association of China "We're shocked at the many racist attacks. The U.S. proudly proclaims itself a beacon of democracy. It has always been trying to dominate the global discussion on human rights by setting standards for others. But it never has seriously addressed its own systematic racism."
 
According to research conducted by California State University, anti-Asian hate crimes went up nearly 150% last year. Experts at the event have condemned the lack of political will and systematic failure of the U.S. to protect human rights of ethnic minorities and called on the UN human rights body to increase monitoring and reporting on racism in the U.S..
 
LIANG YABIN Associate Professor Party School of the Central Committee of CPC "Racism is the enemy of all people. We strongly oppose any type of racism. It's about human dignity in the modern era, we will not tolerate racism anymore."
 
Unable to access the online platform due to the U.S. blockade of Cuba, the president of the UN Association of Cuba took part in the event via a recorded video. He said in the video that racism in the US is an "intrinsic fact of the capitalist and imperialist system". 

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