"We are increasingly seeing the perverse phenomenon of populism and extremism feeding off each other in a frenzy of growing racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of intolerance."
The U.N.'s new secretary general, Antonio Guterres, warns that disregard for human rights is spreading like a disease.
The UN chief’s keynote address painted a world in "a time of urgency" with rapidly multiplying threats.
"Disregard for human rights is a disease, and it is a disease that is spreading, north, south, east and west," Guterres said in his first appearance at the council since taking over the UN's top job.
"The Human Rights Council must be part of the cure," he added