Has the current worldwide situation open the door to more Racial discrimination?

The COVID-19 crisis and its impacts are disproportionately affecting certain marginalised racial, national or ethnic communities and population groups. The pandemic has highlighted and exposed underlying structural inequalities and fundamental problems in various areas of social, economic, civil and political life, and exacerbating racism and racial discrimination, which exist in many parts of the world.1

In addition to the devastating health consequences of COVID-19 for people of African descent and certain national or ethnic minorities, there has been a significant increase in racial verbal abuse, harassment and violence in public spaces, particularly targeting people of Asian descent in the context of the current crisis. The pandemic also put at risk the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in particular its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 to reduce inequality within and among countries.