Organized By : International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC)

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected, in almost wholly negative ways, many facets of life in every region in the world – from economic stability to physical and emotional well-being. Largely included in this trend are transitional justice efforts in a variety of contexts around the globe. Not only have processes themselves been curtailed in some countries, but reports of human rights violations during the pandemic have added new dimensions to ongoing procedures.

In this webinar co-organised with GAAMAC partner International Sites of Conscience, practitioners, activists and survivors from Africa, Asia and Latin America will speak about the challenges the pandemic has posed in their countries – as well as the occasional positive developments such as discussions around ceasefires – and the lessons we can learn to ensure that transitional justice and atrocity prevention efforts are not as affected during similar events in the future. To register, click here.

Bangkok, Thailand

Organized By : Asia Centre

The Asia Centre is holding a conference on the challenges and solutions to increasing hate speech based on fake news within the region. With increasing use of the internet and mobile devices, abusive and threatening remarks both in speech and writing are going viral on social media. Often such content expresses prejudice against individuals or particular groups, on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political ideology, race, religion or sexual orientation which may lead to violent outcomes.

Governments have enacted laws to preserve public order and to protect human dignity. They have also sponsored and assembled inter-faith dialogues and embarked on social cohesion efforts. Other stakeholders such the UN, international organisations, civil society and faith-based groups are also doing their part to combat hate speech.

In the search for solutions to these challenges, there is a need for an evidence-based discussion to critically examine the phenomenon of hate speech and its impact on democracy, the rule of law and human rights. This conference seeks to address the issue of hate speech from an evidence-based and a solution grounded approach while upholding freedom of expression.

Find the concept note here.

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