The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has criticized the discriminatory treatment of refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable groups in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy. Türk expressed concern over the laws implemented in these countries that restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum and other forms of protection. Some laws even punish those who offer help or return individuals to their countries in inhumane ways.
Türk emphasized the importance of solidarity to ensure that all vulnerable people are treated with respect and dignity. He also mentioned that hate speech against migrants, women, certain religious beliefs, and the LGBTQ+ community is proliferating globally. The spread of misinformation and lies, coupled with political and religious leaders who use populism and repression to gain power and influence, fuels this hate speech.
Türk’s criticism comes as the Declaration of Human Rights marks its 75th anniversary. The declaration acknowledges the right of all persecuted individuals to seek and receive asylum. By criticizing anti-migrant laws and hate speech, Türk hopes to encourage a greater understanding and respect for human rights.