U.S. Statement at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

U.S. Statement at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

As Delivered by Darlene Quinteros
March 15, 2021

The United States thanks Special Rapporteur de Varennes for his report and recommendations on such an important issue for minority populations.

Hate speech erodes democratic values and undermines efforts to create inclusive societies. We firmly take the position that the most effective antidote to offensive speech is counter speech. Society should raise its voice against statements of intolerance, discrimination, bigotry, and hatred, countering such sentiments by showing strong disagreement.

An open, secure, reliable and interoperable Internet is vital for promoting and protecting respect for the human rights of members of minority groups. It is important that both states and private actors are aware of the impact rhetoric online can have on minority populations, and take steps to counter intolerance and discrimination, while protecting freedom of expression.

What steps would you recommend to encourage collaboration and communication between states and private stakeholders to counter intolerance and discrimination?