US President Joe Biden has signed into law a hate crime bill following a series of violent attacks against Asian Americans since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The US Congress passed the bill aimed at preventing hate crimes based on racial discrimination and bias.
In a signing ceremony on Thursday, Biden said, "For centuries, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, diverse and vibrant communities have helped build this nation only to be often stepped over, forgotten and ignored." He also said, "Silence is complicity. And we cannot be complicit. We have to speak out. We have to act."
Biden stressed that the law will support training for police officers by local governments.
But US human rights groups are calling for more drastic action, saying that reports of discriminatory acts not recognized as hate crimes are on the rise.