The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, together with Progressive Voice, Burma Monitor (Research and Monitoring) and 16 local organizations closely monitoring online hate speech inside Myanmar and/or are affected by it, will be launching an extensive report on hate speech leading up to the 2020 general elections. The report, which is being released one month ahead of the elections, deep dives into the discriminatory narratives of hate against ethnic and religious minorities in Buddhist-Burman society, the drivers of the hate speech including the role of ultra-nationalists, complicity of the Myanmar military and the government, the effects of fake news and hate speech on social media as well as the use of hate speech to attack activists, human rights defenders and the impact it is having on the very fabric of social cohesion and democracy in Myanmar.
This timely report addresses the issue of hate speech facing Myanmar in the lead up to the 2020 elections, due to be held on 8 November 2020. Panelists will share their own experience with fake news and virulent hate speech and provide their analysis on the impact hate speech has on democratic space in Myanmar. In addition, they will also offer recommendations on how Myanmar and the international community can work to curtail hate speech and incitement to violence.
Date: 8 October 2020
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 Yangon Time
Ye Hein Aung; Director, Myanmar Cultural Research Society
The discussion will be in Burmese language, however, simultaneous English translation for non-Burmese speakers will be provided. If you would like to participate in the online press conference and the Q&A, please RSVP to the event here. https://bit.ly/3nfuqOB
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