hate speech

HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India
HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India 06 March 2020 APC

6 March 2020 Statement delivered during the General Debate on Item 3 at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Madame President. Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Association for Progressive Communications commends the courage of women across the globe, especially in Chile, India, Pakistan and Hong Kong, who have been at the forefront of protests leveraging online and offline spaces to defend democracy. We draw the attention of the Council to the esc...

Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like?
Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like? 13 January 2020 Cathy Chen

What does your hate speech monster look like? This is the question posed in a video we have produced as part of our project "Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia". Our #ChallengeHateSpeech project aims to contribute to the efforts made by movements pushing back against hate speech through different strategies. These include generating creative, artistic and critical content that promotes discourses and narratives t...

HRC41: Statement regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar
HRC41: Statement regarding the spread of hate speech offline and online in Myanmar 11 July 2019 APC and MIDO

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Madam Vice President, The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) thank the Special Rapporteur for the update on the situation in Myanmar. We would like to draw the attention of Myanmar and the council to the rampant and unfettered spread of hate speech offline and online. We echo the observation of the...

Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?
Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality? 19 June 2019 GenderIT.org

It is awfully painful to read online trolling, threats, hateful and dehumanising comments, and insults on Twitter against the queer Ethiopian community. Yet, I can’t help feeling that there are opportunities that arise from the explosion of support in spite of the extreme hatred on social media platforms. It started when religious groups, particularly the Ethiopian Orthodox church, protested ...

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. From all the posts mentioning the term “Arabs”, 1 out of 10 contain an insult or an invitation to violence against Palestinians. These are some of the revelations included in the Index of Racism...

Preserving digital rights during elections in Cameroon
Preserving digital rights during elections in Cameroon 23 September 2018 Avis Momeni

PROTEGE QV, an APC member organisation based in Cameroon, joined other local and international civil society organisations, entrepreneurs, internet service providers and content platforms for the multistakeholder symposium "Digital Rights and Elections in Cameroon: Fighting dangerous speech online while preserving digital rights". The symposium, which took place in Yaoundé on 12-13 Septem...

Hate speech laws in India
Hate speech laws in India 14 May 2018 Centre for Communication Governance

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University (Delhi) has launched a report on Hate Speech Laws in India. The report maps hate speech laws in India, discusses the legal standards and covers a range of cases, from book bans to internet shutdowns.  This report is an effort to map hate speech laws in India, and attempts to offer a clear overview to anyone interested ...

Trends in religion-based hate speech
Trends in religion-based hate speech 26 September 2017 Bijo P. Abraham

India is the land of many religions. However, by any measure, religious freedom has been under grave and constant attack in the country. Minority communities, especially Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, have experienced numerous incidents of intimidation, harassment and violence, largely by Hindu nationalist groups. Numerous bloggers, writers, filmmakers, artists and people from the Dalit communi...

Written submission from APC in response to the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, South Africa
Written submission from APC in response to the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, South Africa 30 January 2017 APC

APC’s submission in response to the invitation issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa for written representations as input on the Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

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