Together, we can push back against the forces of discrimination, hatred, bigotry and violence, and build instead societies that rest on equality, respect and justice.
With dialogue, with education, with understanding of what we have in common and with appreciation for the richness of our differences.
Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Around the world, we are seeing an alarming rise of xenophobia, racism and intolerance – including rising anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred and persecution of Christians.
This is not an isolated phenomenon or the loud voices of a few people on the fringe of society.
Hate is moving into the mainstream in liberal democracies and authoritarian regimes alike – and casting a shadow over our common humanity.
It undermines social cohesion, erodes shared values, and can lay the foundation for violence, setting back the cause of peace, stability, sustainable development and human dignity.
In recent decades, hate speech has been a precursor to atrocity crimes, including genocide, from Rwanda to Bosnia to Cambodia. I fear that the world is reaching another acute moment in battling the demon of hate.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General
In response to the alarming rise of hate speech, the UN Strategy & Plan of Action on Hate Speech sets out 13 commitments to be implemented globally and locally, including:
Since its creation, the UN has mobilized the world against hatred of all kinds through wide-ranging action to defend human rights and advance the rule of law.