The regional forums aim to make the UN Forum on Minority Issues more accessible for minorities, and to provide more effective responses to problems affecting them, while taking into account regional contexts and realities. The regional forums are convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues and, as in 2019, are again being organised by the Tom Lantos Institute, in cooperation with local and regional partners.
The Regional Forums on Minority Issues inform the work of the UN Forum on Minority Issues with regional-specific recommendations, while also providing regional insights for the thematic work of the Special Rapporteur. This year, the theme of the regional forums and the UN Forum in Geneva is “hate speech, social media, and minorities.”
The 2020 regional forums will contribute to the following specific objectives:
• Promote the understanding of the various forms and the harmful impact of online ‘hate speech’ against persons belonging to minorities, as well as the role of social media in the dissemination of hate speech;
• Analyse and discuss the legal, institutional and policy challenges concerning the regulation of hate speech against minorities on social media platforms;
• Develop effective strategies to restrict the dissemination of hate speech against minorities on social media platforms, referring to good practices, in accordance with international human rights norms;
• Strengthen the participation of minorities and their representatives in global discussions on online ‘hate speech’ as well as in the development of relevant laws and policies;
• Strengthen partnerships among various stakeholders so they can address ‘hate speech’ against minorities on social media platforms more effectively.
The 2020 Asia-Pacific Regional Forum took place on 19-20 October.
For more information about previous regional forums, please visit this page.