Joint open letter on concerns about the global increase in hate speech

25 September 2019
Twenty-six UN mandate holders have published an open letter deploring the rise of hate speech, which they say “has become mainstream in political systems worldwide”.

They refer to migrants, LGBT populations, and those seen as “the others”, such as minorities, as particularly vulnerable. The thirty experts “call on public officials and politicians, as well as the media, to assume their collective responsibility to promote societies that are tolerant and inclusive”. Curbing hate speech is not an attack against freedom of expression, just the opposite, the letter continues: “Freedom of expression serves as a vital tool to counter hate speech”.

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