GENEVA

Governments must ensure that their response to the coronavirus pandemic does not contribute to xenophobia and racial discrimination, a UN official said on Monday, citing recent remarks by the U.S. president.

E. Tendayi Achiume, special rapporteur on racism, said governments must instead eradicate xenophobia throughout all state policy and messaging.

“Crises like the coronavirus pandemic remind us that we are all connected and that our well-being is interdependent,” he said, marking this weekend’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, held on March 21.

“It’s dismaying to witness state officials – including the president of the United States

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