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UNICEF USA Condemns Antisemitism

June 8, 2021

Children and their families have the right to be free from discrimination and to feel safe in their communities. 

Racism and discrimination of any kind have no place in our communities here in the U.S. or around the world. The recent rise of antisemitic acts of hate and violence against Jewish people in the United States is unacceptable.

One of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world’s most accepted human rights treaty and a foundational document for UNICEF’s work, is nondiscrimination. The Convention calls for the rights of children to be respected “without discrimination of any kind.”

Racism, including antisemitism, is one of the core drivers of discrimination and is, therefore, a direct attack on the rights and well-being of children. UNICEF USA stands with our UNICEF colleagues around the world in declaring that children and their families have the right to be free from discrimination and to feel safe in their communities. 

Top photo: People listen to Joseph Borgen, a recent victim of a hate crime, speak during a rally denouncing antisemitic violence on May 27, 2021 in Cedarhurst, New York. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images