Dialogue on Countering Hate Speech, Discrimination and Marginalization
17 May 2022
Baghdad, 17 May 2022
Today, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, and Danielle Bell, Chief of UNAMI’s Human Rights Office jointly facilitated a countering dialogue on hate speech, discrimination and marginalization.
The event brought together 19 representatives (five women and 14 men) from Armenian, Bahai, Faili Kurds, Jewish, Kaka’i, People of African Descent, Roma, Sabean Mandean, Shabak, Turkmen, Yazidi and Zorastrians communities and as well as civil society organizations, journalists, Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, Iraq Bar Association and Communications and Media Commission.
UN Special Advisor Nderitu shared the United Nations global perspective of hate speech noting that “hate speech and incitement to hatred and violence create deep rooted divisions along ethnic and religious grounds which limit the space to build trust and mutual understanding.” She added, “It is essential to address the root causes of hate speech and not only its online and off-line manifestations.” For this, Special Adviser Nderitu reminded participants of Iraq’s responsibilities as State party to the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and encouraged all components of Iraq to work together support development and implementation of actions plans aimed at addressing hate speech so as to do it effectively.
“Human beings have immense capacity to find solutions even to problems they themselves create,” she concluded.
“Inclusive, results-oriented dialogue matched by commitment and concrete actions is fundamental to ending long-standing inequalities and discrimination in Iraq”, said Ms. Bell during her remarks.
During an open discussion session, the participants highlighted key issues facing Iraq, offered solutions and identified next steps to address these issues.