Organized By : United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (OSAPG) invite you for the event “Rethinking Solutions to Crisis in the Decade of Action: High Level Event Preventing Atrocity Crimes: The Role of Countering and Addressing Hate Speech” on 5 March 8.00-9.30 am ET.

This event focuses on the prevention of atrocity crimes by zooming in on one of the main risk indicators – hate speech – as per the Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes

The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of countering and addressing hate speech as a way to build societies resilient to the risk of violence including violent extremism and atrocity crimes – genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, with a particular focus on addressing and countering hate speech and its root causes. 

It also aims to showcase the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration to implement the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. Finally, the event aims at stressing the importance of focusing prevention initiatives at the grassroots, including by engaging with local civil society organizations to counter and address hate speech, as per the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes

5 March | 8:00-9:30am EST (14:00-15:30 CET)




Organized By : Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS)

How can international human rights obligations be enforced against all-powerful permanent members of the UN Security Council? What is the role that the civil society can play in upholding states' human rights obligations?

This panel discussion on China’s alleged commission of international crimes in the Xinjiang detention camps examines the characterisation of the alleged crimes and mechanisms available under international law for ensuring international protection and scrutiny. In addition, the panel looks at the UK domestic response to the allegations to date, including a UK Parliamentary Inquiry on the Xinjiang detention camps launched in September 2020, and potential contributions of civil society in responding to the alleged crimes – in particular, the civil-society-led ‘Independent People’s Tribunal’ that has been set up to investigate ongoing atrocities and possible genocide against the Uyghur people.

Alongside the overview of available and potential mechanisms, the panellists examine the challenges to international oversight and scrutiny, as well as the ways of overcoming such challenges and possible limitations. The discussion is situated in the broader frame of the UK government’s atrocity prevention strategy, including ongoing debates on a Parliament-supported ‘genocide determination’ bill that would affect a bilateral trade deal with China.

This event is co-hosted by the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group.

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As proposed in the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) Mapping study on cyberviolence: “Cyberviolence is the use of computer systems to cause, facilitate, or threaten violence against individuals that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering and may include the exploitation of the individual’s circumstances, characteristics or vulnerabilities.”

This definition, although still being a work on progress, suggests an extreme breadth of topics that are covered by the concept of cyberviolence. Hate speech online, although identified as one of the forms of cyberviolence by the T-CY, still remains a controversial concept against the general background of the freedom of speech and free Internet.

At the same time, there is undoubtedly a need for action on hate speech online. Perhaps, very recent (January 2021) examples of alleged incitement to violence that led to physical assault on legislative institutions in the United States, causing unfortunate casualties, may be one of the potential examples of the breadth and impact of the problem.

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss current state of hate speech expressed through the use of information and communications technology, and to identify effective and balanced ways in which restrictive measures can address it.

The webinar is designed to encourage an interactive participation, and to facilitate information-sharing among participants, exchanging relevant experiences and good practices, and discussing challenges and opportunities.

This webinar is organized in the framework of joint European Union and Council of Europe CyberEast project aiming to support cyber resilience of the Eastern Partnership countries, together with CybersecurityEast project.

Friday, 26 February 2021 | 12:00pm CET

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Organized By : World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy

Conference Agenda

*All times shown are in GMT*

13:00 – 13:05 Welcome

13:05 – 13:15 Introducing WFM/IGP Consulting Executive Director Sandra Coyle

13:15 – 14:25 How Democracy Integrates Supranational Governance
This session will explore issues of global citizenship, governance, and democracy from a world federalist perspective.

Andreas Bummel, Democracy Without Borders, Germany/South Africa
Camila López Badra, Democracia Global, Argentina

14:25 – 14:35 Break

14:35 – 15:25 Towards a Rules-Based World
This session will explore peace and security frameworks—such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the responsibility to protect, and international criminal justice mechanisms—in the fight for a world federation.

Shirine Jurdi, MENAPPAC, Lebanon
Adilur Rahman Khan, Odhikar, Bangladesh

15:25 – 16:15 Environmental Justice
This session will explore environmental justice and the role of the World Federalist Movement in advocating for the criminalization of ecocide and for the creation of an International Court for the Environment (ICE).

Stephen Hockman QC, ICE Coalition, United Kingdom
Jojo Mehta, Stop Ecocide Foundation, The Netherlands

16:15 – 16:25 Break

16:25 – 16:55 A Common Future: Wrap Up
Session rapporteurs will summarize the discussions. The Chair will tie harmonize the outcomes from a world federalist perspective before inviting strategic questions and concerns from participants.

16:55 – 17:00 Concluding Remarks



Hatred, exclusion and verbal violence pose a growing threat to our democracies. Hate speech violates human rights, corrodes solidarity and the culture of debate and drives people out of the public arena.

What must European political institutions and civil society do to actively combat online hate speech while also defending freedom of speech? What part does the Council of Europe play as a guardian of human rights and democracy? What experience has been gained to date in the individual member states? What work is being done by European civil society organisations?

We will unpack hate speech and discuss counter-strategies with politicians, researchers and representatives of tech businesses and civil society – and with you. Join us on 18 February 2021 at the online conference Unboxing Hate Speech: European Impulses for Respect and Solidarity on the Web.

The event is jointly organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

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