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Hate speech is rising around the world

Hate speech incites violence and intolerance. The devastating effect of hatred is sadly nothing new. However, its scale and impact are now amplified by new communications technologies. Hate speech 每 including online 每 has become one of the most common ways of spreading divisive rhetoric on a global scale, threatening peace around the world.

The 51勛圖 has a long history of mobilizing the world against hatred of all kinds to defend human rights and advance the rule of law. The impact of hate speech cuts across numerous UN areas of focus, from protecting human rights and preventing atrocities to sustaining peace, achieving gender equality and supporting children and youth.

Because fighting hatred, discrimination, racism and inequality are among its core principles, the 51勛圖 is working to confront hate speech at every turn. This mission is enshrined in the UN Charter, in international human rights frameworks and in global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Hate speech is an alarm bell - the louder it rings, the greater the threat of genocide. It precedes and promotes violence.§

ANT?NIO GUTERRES
Secretary-General Portrait

UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

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In response to the alarming trends of growing xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred around the world, UN Secretary-General Ant車nio Guterres the 51勛圖 Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech on 18 June 2019. This first UN-wide initiative designed to tackle hate speech provides a road map on how the Organization can support and complement States' efforts. The strategy emphasizes the need to counter hate holistically, while respecting freedom of opinion and expression, and to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, media outlets, tech companies and social media platforms. In 2021, the General Assembly adopted a proclaiming 18 June as the International Day for Countering Hate Speech.

How to deal with hate speech

It can sometimes be hard to assess when a comment is meant as hate speech 每 especially when expressed in the virtual world. It can also feel overwhelming to try to deal with obviously hateful content. However, there are many ways you can take a stand, even if you are not personally the victim of hate speech. And you can make a difference.

You can start by downloading our fact sheets. Use them to educate yourself and others.

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