Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai criticized anti-immigrant and religious hate, especially towards Muslims and Mexicans, during a visit to Mexico.
Malala spoke on Thursday at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico City on the harm done to humanity by people who spread hate towards other cultures or religions.
"I always believe in love and harmony in the world. Sometimes when I see the map or a globe, I say: we are all human, why the division, why hate in the name of religion, or different nationalities or skin color," Malala said.
The 20-year-old women's rights activist called on world leaders to respect diversity and human lives.
"We have to follow our tradition, culture, religion, nationality, but hate that exists must be unacceptable, it harms individuals. It damages people's hearts because we can not live a full life," Malala said.
"They should take away the hatred of their heart against any religion or culture."
This comes as the government of U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to prohibit most U.S. travel by citizens from six Muslim-majority countries, and pledged to expand the border wall with Mexico, as he called some of its citizens "criminals."
"If we only watch the news, we will begin to hate all Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Mexicans. I'm not telling you to not watch the news, but you must simply know the people," Malala said.
"I see that in social media a spread of the Muslim extremism, but I am a person that believes in humanity."
Malala then met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to begin work on a fund for children's education in the country. In 2014, when the education advocate went on stage to accept her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, a young Mexican man held up a Mexico flag on stage.
“Please, Malala … Mexico,” the man was reported to have said.
The action came as 43 students from an Ayotzinapa teacher's training college were allegedly detained by police and handed over to a cartel that killed them and burned their bodies. The case struck Mexico with mass demonstrations against the government of President Peña Nieto.
In 2012, the education advocate was only 15 years old when she was shot for standing up for the rights of Pakistani girls. A gunman approached a schoolbus, on which she was traveling, and firing several shots that left her in critical condition.
She was shot in the head three times, and was taken to a military hospital, but was shortly airlifted to Britain for emergency treatment where she managed to recover. In 2013, TIME Magazine included her on its annual list of the world's 100 most influential people.