Hate Speech and Incitement

Hate speech and incitement of violence towards a certain social, gendered, political, religious, racial or cultural group is at the heart of all atrocity crimes. Sources of hate speech are varied, as are the mediums in which it is manifested. Political speeches, broadcast media, advertising, social media posts and even memes can be vehicles of hate speech and incite people towards committing atrocity crimes. 

APR2P, along with our partners in the region, is undertaking research into hate speech to find ways to stop its spread and counter its influence. In particular, it overseas the work of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Atrocity Prevention's (APPAP) Working Group on Hate Speech and Atrocity Prevention. To find out more about the Working Group's activities, click here.

In July 2021, Dr Kirril Shields and Prof Katharine Gelber, in conjunction with the University of Sydney and Facebook, published Facebook: Regulating Hate Speech in the Asia Pacific (PDF, 3.1MB), a report detailing discrimination against minority groups across several case studies in the Asia Pacific.