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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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Organized By : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Genocide and other mass atrocities are always preceded by a range of early warning signs. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s founding charter, written by a commission chaired by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, mandates that our institution strive to make preventive action a routine response when warning signs appear. If these signs are detected, their causes can be addressed, preventing the potential for catastrophic progression. Please join us for this timely event on the importance of prevention.

The Early Warning Project, a joint initiative of the Museum and Dartmouth College, is a first-of-its-kind tool designed to identify countries at risk for new mass killings to support preventive action. The Statistical Risk Assessment uses publicly available data and statistical modeling to produce a list of 163 countries ranked by their likelihood of experiencing new mass killings.

This event will examine the results of the 2020-21 assessment and feature remarks from the following speakers:
• The Honorable Benjamin Cardin, United States Senator
• The Honorable Todd Young, United States Senator
• Dr. Arsène Brice Bado, Center for Research and Action for Peace, Simon-Skjodt Center Côte d’Ivoire Early Warning Fellow
• Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute
• Ms. Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
• Ms. Mollie Zapata, Research Manager, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The United Nations Human Rights Office Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (OHCHR IPMS) and the Equal Rights Trust (ERT) convene consultation meetings towards inputting the draft guide “Protecting Minority Rights: A Practical Guide on Developing Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation”.

The publication aims to fill a long-term expressed and identified need for a go-to manual for Governments, Parliaments, NHRIs, UN staff, civil society representatives, and minority and other human rights defenders in the main conceptual and content elements of anti-discrimination law, the various aspects of the comprehensive ban on all forms of discrimination and the protection of minorities, as grounded in the core international human rights treaties and related norms and standards, including as adjudicated. In addition to summarizing normative content, the publication will provide concrete country-based practices and practical guidance.

This consultation meeting – the fourth in a series of open consultation events – aims to present and discuss questions arising at the interface between freedom of expression on the one hand, and the right to non-discrimination on the other, with a particular focus on concepts, challenges and dilemmas arising in the course of drafting comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, with a view to hearing opinions of relevant affected groups.

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Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Hear from colleagues from the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security, as well as experts in the recruitment prevention and child protection fields both in the context of armed conflict and for criminal networks and gangs. Join the Inistitute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention for a conversation on what they have learned through their experiences and their work.

Panelists:

Steven Dudley is an investigative journalist, policy analyst and author. He is co-founder and co-director of InSight Crime, a think tank focused on organized crime in the Americas. He is the author of MS-13: The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang (2019).

Achaleke Christian Leke is a civil society peacebuilding activist with special expertise in youth issues. He is National Coordinator of Local Youth Corner Cameroon.

Cesar Rincon is a Colombian lawyer with 30 years of experience in criminal investigation, focusing on criminal organizations, human rights violations and government corruption. His experience includes 11 years as team coordinator at the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

Shelly Whitman is the executive director of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security (Canada)

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