Anti-minority hate speech in South Asia: A call for collaborative action

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The South Asia Collective announces the global launch of its annual ‘South Asia State of Minorities report 2021: Hate Speech and Minorities’

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This multi-country report, the fifth in the South Asia Collective's series of annual reports on minority rights in South Asia, seeks to shine a light on the pandemic of hate playing out in the region with devastating consequences for its minorities - religious, ethnic, caste, linguistic and gender.

Through conversations on the report with experts and practitioners in the field, the online launch event aims to raise awareness about the growing threat to minority rights in South Asia – the causes, drivers and the consequences of campaigns of anti-minority hate – and to learn from global perspectives on hate and incitement and ways to challenge the phenomenon. It is hoped that the event will also catalyse collaborations among actors to address anti-minority hate across South Asia, in considered and effective ways.

The event will be particularly useful for policy or decision makers, non-governmental organizations, journalists, scholars, human rights defenders and minority activists, among others.

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The event will be a virtual webinar on Zoom, lasting 70 min.

It will be moderated by Aakar Patel, journalist and Chair, Amnesty International India.

The proposed programme is:

  • Welcome and introduction (5 mins)
  • Keynote speaker – Hina Jilani, former UN SR on HRDs (10 mins)
  • Top 5 findings by country – speakers will be authors of the chapters (25 mins)
  • Q&A (20 mins)
  • Close (2 mins)

The link to the Zoom webinar will be sent before the event to all those who register.

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The South Asia Collective is a group of human rights activists and organisations that document the condition of the region’s minorities - religious, linguistic, ethnic, caste and gender, among others - hoping this would help in bettering outcomes for South Asia’s many marginalised groups.

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