UN condemns Donald Trump for failing to 'unequivocally' reject racism in the wake of Charlottesville violence

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The UN has condemned Donald Trump for failing to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject racism in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville clashes.

The international peace body said there was no place for “racist white supremacist ideas” in the world.

A statement from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said: “There should be no place in the world for racist white supremacist ideas or any similar ideologies that reject the core human rights principles of human dignity and equality.”

Though the committee did not name the President in its statement, it called upon the US Government, as well as high-level politicians and public officials, “to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations.” 

Mr Trump launched an effusive defence of his response to the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville on Tuesday. 

Speaking at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, the president blasted the “fake media” for misrepresenting his response to the protests and counter-protests.

Re-reading three of his previous statements, he omitted his most controversial comments in which he said there was blame for the violence “on all sides.”

Anastasia Crickley, who chairs the UN committee of 18 independent experts, said: “We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred.

“We call on the US Government to investigate thoroughly the phenomenon of racial discrimination targeting, in particular, people of African descent, ethnic or ethno-religious minorities, and migrants.”

The committee, formed of 18 experts, made the statement under its “early warning and urgent action” procedure. It called on the US to ensure the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are “not exercised with the aim of destroying or denying the rights and freedoms of others”.

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