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Call for stories: Racism + Xenophobia during COVID-19

May 29, 2020

The US Human Rights Network is currently compiling a grassroots response to a recent call for submissions from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: 

Combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

We hope that our report will include information on the experiences of our members and their communities across the US. We must bring the peoples' voices to the international arena.

We are asking for stories from your communities on the following topics in relation to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19:

  • - anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and incidents
  • - Islamophobia 
  • - attacks on non-nationals
  • - anti-Asian racism
  • - anti-Black racism 

Your submissions can include any/all of the following:

  • - Information on personal/community experiences in relation the topics listed above
  • - Data and statistics related to your community's experience
  • - Key challenges in combating racist and xenophobic incidents online
  • - Key legal and policy measures that aim to neutralize and eradicate the anti-Semitic movement fueling xenophobic and hateful messaging and conspiracy trends using COVID-19
  • - Examples of good practices to eliminate racist ideologies and incidents
  • - Links to further information/data sources

Submission instructions:

  • - Your submission should be 500 words or less.
  • - Please email your submission in the body of an email to USHRN Chief of Strategy and Programming Whitney Meilan Yang:
  • - Deadline: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thank you for your consideration.