Intersessional meeting to mark the 75th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and to discuss the role of social media – 4 December 2023
Monday 4 December 2023, 10:00-18:00 (GMT+1)
Palais des Nations, Room 20, Geneva
10:00-10:30 Opening remarks
10:30-12:00 Panel 1: The Use of Social Media Platforms to Amplify Hate Speech that could Lead to Genocide: Defining the Problem
12:00-13:00 Panel 2: State Obligations for Preventing Direct and Public Incitement to Genocide in the Digital Space
15:00-16:00 Panel 2: Continuation of Panel 2
16:00-18:00 Panel 3: Role of Social Media Platforms in Responding to Content that Incites Violence and Discrimination
In resolution 49/9, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to convene a one-day intersessional meeting to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and to discuss the role of social media platforms and their instrumentalization by those seeking to spread hate leading to real-world discrimination and violence. The intersessional meeting will provide a space for a thorough examination of the issue and a dialogue with various stakeholders.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will prepare a summary report on the intersessional meeting and submit it to the Human Rights Council at its 59th session (June-july 2025) and to the General Assembly.