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Hate Speech and Incitement to Genocide (DC)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 10:00am


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
Invite you to a Panel Discussion:


Tuesday, February 5, 2013
10:00 am to noon
Washington, DC
This event is by invitation only. Please e-mail for more information


The international community faces an ongoing challenge in protecting the rights to freedom of opinion and expression while also combating incitement to genocide and preventing violence based on hatred.

The co-hosts listed above are presenting a panel to address the phenomena of hate speech and incitement to mass violence, including genocide.  The panel will focus on:

  • The distinction between hate speech and incitement to violence
  • Challenges and tools related to monitoring incitement to genocide
  • Policy approaches and tools to address offensive speech that do not infringe on freedom of expression


  • Sara Bloomfield, Director, US Holocaust Memorial Museum


  • H.E. Wegger Chr. Strommen, Norwegian Ambassador to the United States


  • Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide


  • Michael Abramowitz, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum


  • Susan Benesch, Genocide Prevention Fellow, US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Founder, Dangerous Speech Project, World Policy Institute
  • Frank LaRue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • George Weiss, Founder, Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation (La Benevolencija), a Dutch NGO that uses edutainment and psycho-education to combat hate speech and empower victims in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Aidan White, founding Director, Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign to promote ethics and good governance across all media platforms

This event is funded, in part, by the Helena Rubinstein Fund.

Additional funding has been provided by the Dangerous Speech Project at the  World Policy Institute as part of its efforts to limit the catastrophic effects of dangerous speech without impeding the right to freedom of expression.




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