October 07, 2020

Launch of Report on Hate Speech Leading Up to 2020 Myanmar Elections

When: 11:30 pm ET

Where: Zoom

Register for the launch event on hate speech here.

The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, together with Progressive Voice, Burma Monitor (Research and Monitoring) and 16 local organizations closely monitoring online hate speech inside Myanmar and/or are affected by it, will be launching an extensive report documenting hate speech leading up to the 2020 general elections. The report, which is being released one month ahead of the elections, dives deep into the discriminatory narratives of hate against ethnic and religious minorities in Buddhist-Burman society, the drivers of the hate speech including the role of ultra-nationalists, complicity of the Myanmar military and the government, the effects of fake news and hate speech on social media as well as the use of hate speech to attack activists, human rights defenders and the impact it is having on the very fabric of social cohesion and democracy in Myanmar.

This timely report addresses the issue of hate speech facing Myanmar in the lead up to the 2020 elections on 8 November 2020. Panelists will share their own experience with fake news and virulent hate speech and provide their analysis on the impact hate speech has on democratic space in Myanmar. In addition, they will also offer recommendations on how Myanmar and the international community can work to curtail hate speech and incitement to violence.

Moderator:
Ye Hein Aung; Director, Myanmar Cultural Research Society

Speakers
• Moe Thway; President, Generation Wave
• Pwint Phyu Latt; Coordinator, Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar (Peace Seekers and Multiculturalist Movement)
• Yee Mon Htun; Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School
• Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network
• Naw Ohn Hla, Candidate for Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister in Yangon Region, United Nationalities Democratic Party (UNDP)
• Ei Thinzar Maung, Lower House candidate, Pabedan Township, Yangon Region, Democratic Party of a New Society (DPNS)
• Nyo Nyo Thin, Upper House candidate, Tanintharyi Region, Independent candidate

The discussion will be in Burmese, however, simultaneous English translation for non-Burmese speakers will be provided. If you would like to participate in the online press conference and the Q&A, please RSVP to the event here. https://bit.ly/3nfuqOB

For more information, please contact: info@progressive-voice.org
Co-authored by
1. Action Committee for Democracy Development
2. Athan (Freedom of Expression Activist Organization)
3. Burma Monitor (Research and Monitoring)
4. Generation Wave
5. International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School
6. Kachin Women’s Association Thailand
7. Karen Human Rights Group
8. Mandalay Community Center
9. Myanmar Cultural Research Society
10. Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)
11. Nyan Lynn Thit Analytica
12. Olive Organization
13. Pace on Peaceful Pluralism
14. Pon Yate
15. Progressive Voice
16. Reliable Organization
17. Synergy – Social Harmony Organization
18. Ta’ang Women’s Organization
19. Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar (Peace Seekers and Multiculturalist Movement)

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