UN slams Hopkins over migrant ‘cockroaches’ article

22nd May 2015

Elham Asaad Buaras

Tabloid columnist Katie Hopkins has been blasted by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, after she likened migrants to cockroaches.

The Jordanian said that on April 17, Hopkins had used language in her Sun column similar to that used by newspapers and radio stations in Rwanda before the 1994 genocide that led to almost one million people being slaughtered.

In a scathing and extraordinary intervention, Al Hussein points out that the word “cockroaches” was used by both the Nazis and those behind the genocide in Rwanda, and urges the UK Government, media and regulators to respect national and international laws on curbing incitement to hatred.

“The Nazi media described people their masters wanted to eliminate as rats and cockroaches. This type of language is clearly inflammatory and unacceptable, especially in a national newspaper” said Zeid.

Al Hussein said both Hopkins and the editors of Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper “should be held responsible” if “found in breach of the law.”

“I am an unswerving advocate of freedom of expression, which is guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but it is not absolute. Article 20 of the same covenant says: ‘Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law,’” he added.

In her article headlined “Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants” Hopkins said she was impassive to the plight of refugees dying while crossing the Mediterranean.

Hopkins wrote: “No, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care.”

Hopkins added: “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit ’Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984’, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors.”

Hopkins later seemingly back tracked in her next column. She wrote: “I am reminded of the power of the pen. One should be brave enough to speak out – but aware of the dangers which lurk in the depths of our vocabulary.

“No one wants to see images of children drowned at sea, no matter what their journey or their destination.”

Referring to a petition (which has attracted 300,000 signatures) calling for The Sun to sack her as a columnist Hopkins said, “The next time you are thinking of clicking on a petition, don’t be angry about words.”

“Accept our opinions differ. Channel your outrage at the regimes causing people to flee. And be part of the solution.”

A Sun spokesman said she and the paper would not be commenting further.

One Response to “UN slams Hopkins over migrant ‘cockroaches’ article”

Iftikhar AhmadMay 24, 2015

One in 33 people on the planet is a migrant in search of dignity, safety, a better future, and sometimes even adventure. With 232 million people living outside their country of birth, this is not a small number. Put together, they would form the fifth most populous nation on earth. International Migrants Day on December 18 is therefore a good time to acknowledge their role in our societies and economies. Rapid demographic changes can also create friction in communities. Some long-time residents resent the change and newcomers feel unwelcome as a result. The Town of Richmond Hill, north of Toronto in Canada, faced this problem when its population doubled to 185,000 within 20 years, and the visible minority population grew to constitute almost half of the town. Outreach to diverse communities soon became a top priority.

Look around you. Most people love the diversity of multi-cultural Britain. The young adore it. Its only a few noisy Alf Garnets, who history is passing by, who just do not have the intelligence to see their pathetic racist arguments are utterly illogical and worthless. They are passing away daily. Britain today is a multi-cultural society. It will not go backwards. The Alf Garnett UKIP racists (Dave was not wrong) are whistling against the winds of history. We want immigration. We want to ensure we have the tax income to care for our elderly. According to todays Daily Mail “Welfare spending has been pushed up by a 30% leap in the numbers turning 65. More than 720,000 reached that age last year. The biggest number ever”. Where is the money going to come from? The elderly are looked after in their old age? If you think your mean spirited racist views will defeat this reality you are living on another planet. You are absolutely entitled to free speech. But free speech not based on facts and reality is simply hot air.

I’m pretty sure the worldwide global crash, little emphasis on skills and an uncompetitive Britain made working classes poor, not immigrants who have always had to be well educated to live here. It is extremely easy to find recent immigrants, who are not well educated’ – depending on how one qualifies ‘well educated’ of course!

Of course we need immigration Why? Because if we didn’t, with an ageing workforce and nobody being trained up sufficiently due to government cutbacks, and the obsession with living off house price inflation rather than getting people to make stuff, be it things or intellectual property, there are not enough people in the indigenous population to keep our systems going. Research into the “London effect”, which sees the capital’s schools outperforming the rest of the country in their GCSEs, puts the achievement down to the diverse ethnic make-up of its schools. Analysis published by the University of Bristol points out that only 34 per cent of Year 11 pupils (studying for GCSEs) are white British, the lowest performing ethnic group, compared to 84 per cent for the rest of the country. We know that immigrants, recent and long standing contribute more to the economy than they take out, we know that ethnic minority students make the most of their education, we know that the health service would collapse without immigrants, we also know that the most unpleasant and ignorant people in the land are white, wealthy, public school educated and in government!

The British Empire occupied countries, stole and enslaved peoples all over the world in order to enrich itself with extreme brutality and no regard for human life. Many of the problems faced by these countries are a direct consequence of that. We can never repay the damage we have caused but the least we can do is to try. The image of poor Britain being taken advantage of by greedy immigrants is laughable given our past. Britain has invaded 171 of the world’s 193 countries using gunships to steal goods, impose unfair trade constraints, make regime changes and even sell narcotics. The British believe it was a good thing in the name of free trade and civilization. But they do not like foreigners who come to Britain not with gunboats but legally, with passports, bringing their education, skills and desire to work hard. Amazing.

And we’re doing it all over again. All those highly qualified EU immigrants boosting our economy and big business – all at the expense of their countries of Birth. All that money the Indian. Pakistanis, Poles, Romanians, Bulgarians and so forth are spending training their best people, only for them to leave for the UK. This is the 21st Century equivalent of the British Empire robber barons. The UCL study shows that 62% of migrants from western Europe who come to Britain have a university degree compared with 24% of the British labour force. The UK now attracts the highest number of university-educated migrants of any country in the European Union. And the people who come here to work would not be here if there were no jobs to do. So I ask you the same question I ask all the other UKIP supporters: how is it that so many people can come here from Eastern Europe and find a job when it seems to be beyond the capabilities of so many British people? The work is there if they want it.


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