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Virtual seminar on hate speech and its relationship to freedom of expression

Fecha: (7/5/2021 3:37:35 PM)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. On May 26, 2021, a virtual regional conference entitled “Hate speech: can or should it be censured” took place in which experts debated a problematic of the effective exercise of freedom of expression since, even though there are norms designed to resolve it, it is a recurring problem that has acquired new dimensions due to the social media, which proliferate in the Internet.

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The participants referred to the most appropriate norms in order for the exercise of freedom of expression be respected, but they were also aware of the problematic of hate speech and its potential consequences; the possibilities of regulating freedom of expression in the social media; and the rights of individuals with respect to the phenonomen, which occurs virtually where the State apparently does not have jurisdiction. 

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The seminar was opened by Wilder Taylor, President of the INDDHH, and Jorge Padilla, head of Education of the IIHR.

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The event was moderated by Eduardo Bertoni (Alternate Representative and Coordinator of the IIHR Regional Office for South America (IIHR/ORS).

Participating in the debate were:

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Catalina Botero, former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

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Agustina del Campo, Director of the Center of Studies on Freedom of Expression (CELE).

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Cristina Capelo, leader on “Security, Health and Well-Being” of Facebook Users in Latin America.

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Edison Lanza, former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the IACHR.

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Martín Prats, of the  Complaints and Investigation Area of the INDDHH.

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The virtual seminar was organized by the IIHR/ORS and the Institución Nacional de Derechos Humanos y Defensoría del Pueblo (INDDHH) of Uruguay, with the support of Global Freedom of Expression of Columbia University.

Video https://youtu.be/MWBFT_sdoLA