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 oversees 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 February 2022, APR2P and APPAP funded APPAP partner the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to examine hate speech in Indonesia, based upon research from CSIS' National Hate Speech Dashboard. The policy brief focused on hate speech spread on Twitter against Chinese Indonesians from 2019 to 2020, when there was an increase in anti-Chinese rhetoric. The policy brief can be downloaded from their website here.

The international network Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC), published a report detailing lessons on promoting tolerance and respect in the Asia Pacific in the face of rising hate speech and incitement. An international network of states, civil society and academics dedicated to the prevention of mass atrocity crimes, GAAMAC took contributions from staff of APR2P and our APPAP partners in the region:

The report, entitled 'Preventing Hate Speech, Incitement and Discrimination: Lessons on Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diverstiy in the Asia Pacific', can be downloaded from GAAMAC's website 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.