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U.N. rights chief censures virus-fueled hotspots

The U.N. human rights chief denounced violence in Belarus and systemic racism in the U.S. among hotspots of global turmoil compounded by the pandemic.

GENEVA (AN) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet denounced violence against protesters in Belarus and systemic racism in the United States on Monday, also singling out Afghanistan, the Americas, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine and the Philippines as hotspots for abuses compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a global human rights update on the "sharply escalating suffering and turmoil across the world," Bachelet, who heads the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, or OHCHR, emphasized that virus-fueled violations and threats are increasing.

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