Hate Speech

News in Brief 29 May 2020

  • UN’s rights chief condemns ‘caste’ killing in Nepal
  • UN human rights office welcomes online action to remove misinformation
  • Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO
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News in Brief 21 May 2020

  • UN launches new campaign to counter ‘lies, fear and hate’
  • UN calls on European States to rescue stranded refugees, migrants
  • Malaysia urged to ‘stop crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society’
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Countering Hate Speech related to COVID-19: Global Appeal

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) Global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Related Hate Speech 
  

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News in Brief 7 April 2020

  • Personal message from UN chief applauds health professionals putting lives on line
  • Nurses’ vulnerabilities made worse in fight against COVID-19
  • ‘Say no to hate speech and xenophobia’, urges UN chief marking 26 years since genocide in Rwanda
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News in Brief 27 February 2020

  • COVID-19: UN rights chief warns against stigmatization
  • Social media hate speech is poisoning minds
  • Northwest Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe
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Distortion of genocide ‘leaves a window open’ for extremism and hate speech, expert says   

Questioning details and attempting to distort actual history – its chronology or statistics – are just a few examples of Holocaust or genocide denial.  Often, that “leaves a window open ... creates oxygen in the room for extremism” and it is a signal of “prejudice, racist and antisemitic beliefs”. 

That’s the view of Sara Brown, Executive Director of Change, at the Centre for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education, in New Jersey, United States.  She spoke to Ana Carmo of UN News about the importance of education and counter the hate narratives.

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‘World has failed’ victims of genocide too often: Guterres

Too often, “the world has failed” populations under threat of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide on Monday.

Antisemitism, intolerance, can be unlearned, Guterres tells New York commemoration

Since nobody is born to hate, intolerance can be prevented and unlearned, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday, in a speech underlining his continued fight to stamp out antisemitism, racism and other forms of hatred.

Companies ‘failing’ to address offline harm incited by online hate: UN expert

 States and companies are “failing” when it comes to combating online hate, the UN independent rights expert, or Special Rapporteur, on freedom of speech and expression said on Monday, ahead of the launch of a landmark report to reinforce legal standards for internet spaces. 

Hate speech exacerbating societal, racial tensions with ‘deadly consequences around the world’, say UN experts

Hate speech, both online and offline, has “exacerbated societal and racial tensions, inciting attacks with deadly consequences around the world”, according to an open letter released on Monday by nearly two dozen independent United Nations experts.