Past Event

Report Launch: Hate Speech in Southeast Asia

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Online

Rowan Reid, Internews Program Manager, spoke at this webinar launching a report on hate speech.

Hate speech, often disseminated online, has surged following the COVID-19 pandemic. Asia Centre in its inaugural baseline study, Hate Speech in Southeast Asia, explains the background and the issues that lead to discrimination, violence and communal strife in the region. It examines the legal framework, in particular a slew of “harmony” bills aimed at securing social, racial or religious harmony as well as non-legal measures to foster social cohesion, interfaith dialogues and social harmony. It also evaluates states in Southeast Asia that signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).This study recommends a range of measures to alleviate the challenges arising from hate speech. Among them is a primary recommendation to officially recognise newer forms of hate speech and a set of secondary recommendations to promote understanding and diversity. 

This launch is part a series of webinars in the lead up to Asia Centre’s international conference on Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions scheduled 7-9 October 2020, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Presenter:  Dr. Robin Ramcharan, Executive Director, Asia Centre

Discussants:

  • Nukila Evanty, Asia Centre Advisory Board Member and Executive Director, Women Working Group, Indonesia
  • Nur Judy binti Abdullah, Founder and Executive Director, Project Women and Girls Development, Brunei Darussalam
  • Rowan Reid, Program Manager, Internews

Respondent: Dr. James Gomez, Regional Director, Asia Centre

Moderator: Belen Bode, Partnership Officer, Asia Centre

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Date: 22 July 2020 @ 2 PM – 3.30 PM (Bangkok, Thailand GMT+7)

Report Launch: Hate Speech in Southeast Asia

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Online