Trygve Lie Symposium 2013: Combating Hate Speech

Last updated: 9/18/2013 // How can we combat hate speech and at the same time protect the fundamental freedom of expression? The Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms is an annual panel discussion that brings together representatives from civil society, experts, the media, and high-level representatives from the United Nations and member states to a panel discussion. This year’s Symposium will address the issue of combating hate speech.

The Trygve Lie Symposium is co-hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs and the International Peace Institute (IPI). It was launched in 2008, following the opening of IPI’s Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security and Development, and is held in September during the week of the High-Level Debate of the UN’s General Assembly. The Symposium seeks to explore ways in which the international community can strengthen its promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and addresses a wide range of topics that occupy a prominent place on the international agenda. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, will chair the panel discussion which will take place on Thursday September 26th.

Recent years have shown a steady increase in hate speech directed toward minorities and other vulnerable groups and individuals. Every day, serious instances of intolerance and discrimination affect different people, be it based on their actual or perceived nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. The existence of such discrimination raises questions regarding how we can combat hate speech and at the same time protect the fundamental freedom of expression. How do media actors strike the balance between their responsibility to prevent the dissemination of intolerant and discriminatory attitudes and their editorial independence and integrity? What role can other stakeholders play in this area, be they UN bodies, states, government officials, civil society actors, or human rights defenders?

The panel will consist of:

H.E. Mr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda (TBC)

Mr. Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion

Ms. Sarah Wynn-Williams, Head of Global Public Policy, Facebook

Mr. Aidan White, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network

Ms. Caroline Criado-Perez, The Women’s Room

Special Guest:

Mr. Victor Mukasa, LGBT Activist, Human Rights Defender and Independent Consultant

How to follow the Symposium:

If you want to watch the Symposium you can use the IPI’s webcast: http://www.ipinst.org/news/webcast.html

If you are on Twitter you can follow the discussion using these hashtags:
#TrygveLie, #SpeekNoHate, #HR4All (LGBT-issues)


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