From hate to violence – Preventing & countering hate speech against minorities in South Asia – UN Side Event

This side event will take place on Tuesday 16 March 2021, from 14:00-15:00 (CET) at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. For registration:

Minority Rights Group International and South Asia Collective, along with ICJ, OMCT, Article 19 and FORUM-ASIA, are hosting a side event at 46th session of the Human Rights Council, on hate speech and incitement in South Asia. The aim is to instigate discussion on the causes and consequences of hate speech in South Asia, in the hope of encouraging UN and its agencies to engage better on preventive and early warning actions in the region.


  • Fernand de Varennes – UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
  • Alice Wairimu Nderitu – UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Haroon Baloch, Pakistan – Digital Rights Researcher, Bytes for All Pakistan
  • Farah Mihlar, Srilanka – Lecturer, University of Exeter; Srilanka Minority Rights campaigner
  • Shakuntala Banaji, India – Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change at London School of Economics


  • Joshua Castellino – Executive Director, Minority Rights Group International