“The US is an enormous influence. The soft power of the US is something that, it is clear in culture, in art, in many other aspects. And so what happens in the US inevitably has a strong influence in other parts of the world,” Guterres advised NCS’s Jim Sciutto in an interview Friday.

“And so this kind of natural leadership creates a particular responsibility for United States leaders and for the American communities because indeed what happens here is known everywhere and inevitably reflects in other parts of the world,” he added.

Guterres, nonetheless, praised the “fantastic demonstrations of anti-racism” in the US and the younger activists main these demonstrations.

Domestic violent extremism poses the “greatest threat” to the US, in accordance to the Homeland Security Department. A lot of White supremacists and extremist teams participated in the January 6 assault on the US Capitol, NCS previously reported, and prime Capitol safety officers testified earlier than Congress final month.
A US intelligence report this week discovered that White supremacist extremists have the most “concerning” connections outdoors of the US due to like-minded views in different international locations and {that a} “small number of US (racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists) have traveled abroad to network with like-minded individuals.”
The Anti-Defamation League additionally launched a report Wednesday saying that it documented greater than 5,000 circumstances of distribution of White supremacist propaganda — the highest quantity ever recorded since the group started monitoring it in 2016. The Covid-19 pandemic “generated online conspiracy theories and emboldened some far-right domestic extremists to take more public actions,” in accordance to the ADL.
Last month, Guterres advised the UN Human Rights Council that extremist actions “represent the number one internal security threat in several countries” and that these teams have “exploited” the Covid-19 pandemic to “boost their ranks through social polarization and political and cultural manipulation,” in accordance to USA Today.

“This is something that really must mobilize us all,” Guterres advised NCS on Friday. “It is a cause for us all that believe in universal values, that believe in human fraternity and human dignity.”

He warned that worldwide cooperation between extremist teams is changing into “very extensive.”

“I think there is permanent intercommunication, there are even mechanisms of mutual recruitment, mutual influence and at the same time we see some of these groups recruiting war veterans, recruiting former members of security forces, having weapons, and becoming a threat to our societies, and in the international sense,” he mentioned.

Guterres additionally supplied that to tackle the problem, “we need to promote our values” and “invest economically, socially, culturally in social cohesion.” He known as for legislation enforcement and judicial methods to be skilled to tackle these points and “make sure that those that misbehave are held accountable.”


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