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U.N. asks world to fight virus-spawned discrimination

epa08242992 High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers her statement during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations (UNOG) in Geneva, Switzerland, 24 February 2020. EPA-EFE/SALVATORE DI NOLFI
By Reuters
27 Feb 2020 0

GENEVA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - United Nations human rights guardian Michelle Bachelet urged the global community on Thursday to show solidarity with people of ethnic Asian origin subject to discrimination amid an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that started in China.

“The coronavirus epidemic has set off a disturbing wave of prejudice against people of Chinese and East Asian ethnicity, and I call on member states to do their utmost to combat this and other forms of discrimination,” she told a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Governments are ramping up measures to battle a looming global pandemic of the coronavirus as the number of infections outside China for the first time surpassed those appearing inside the country.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; editing by Stephanie Nebehay)

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