Preventing hate speech and discrimination: Lessons on promoting tolerance and respect for diversity in the Asia Pacific

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As in many parts of the world, the Asia-Pacific region has experienced the rise of populist and militarised governments, coinciding with a rise in hate speech and incitement to violence. The persecution of ethnic and religious minorities persists in many countries in the region, and the covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated many underlying tensions that has lowered tolerance and respect.
The Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) report on this project provides an in-depth study of the current drivers and dynamics of hate speech in the region, with case studies from Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. The report presents findings and recommendations, and is an important resource for the international atrocity prevention community to better understand how to identify and address hate speech and incitement across a range of social and political contexts.


Lead researchers
Associate Professor Cecilia Jacob
Dr Noel Morada (University of Queensland)

Other contributors
Marc Batac & Gus Miclat (Initiatives for International Dialogue, Philippines)
Dr Lina Alexandra & Alif Satria (CSIS, Indonesia)
Dr Ruji Auethavornpipat (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Germany)
Mujeeb Kanth (South Asian University)
Hatizah Rashid (Australian National University)


Related content
Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) website
Presentation of the Asia Pacific Working Group report on hate speech, incitement and discrimination