UN chief launches new plan to ‘identify, prevent and confront’ hate speech

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (APP):United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has declared war on hate speech, saying, “We will never stop confronting it”
“Hate speech may have gained a foothold, but it is now on notice”, Guterres said at Tuesday’s launch of the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech.
While the strategy and action plan are new, it is also rooted in the need to respect the human rights of all, barring any discrimination, he said.
The UN Charter was drafted after the world had witnessed genocide on an industrial scale, when hate speech against Jews, culminated in the Holocaust. Almost 75 years on, Guterres reminded delegates gathered at UN Headquarters in New York, that “we are in danger of forgetting this lesson”.
“Around the world, we see a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred” he stated, noting that in some places, Christian communities were also being systematically attacked.