AU strongly condemns increasing trend of hate speech in Africa

African Union

The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has strongly condemned the increasing trend of hate speech, identity-based conflicts, violent intercommunal clashes, ethnic divisions, xenophobic utterances, racism, amongst others, on the continent.

In its latest meeting, the Council underlined that such trends drive the ideology of hate, potentially leading to hate crimes and genocide, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc on Tuesday.

Reiterating that Africa is a diverse continent rich in cultural identity and value systems, the Council has underlined the need to employ concerted efforts towards building tolerance and mutual respect to inculcate a culture of living together as neighbors peacefully.

The Council has called for awareness campaigns through various media, including informal and formal education, which promote peace, reconciliation, tolerance, justice and democratic values.

It called on Member States, in close collaboration with regional economic communities to double their efforts on prevention strategies that address the root causes of conflicts.

The Council also urged partners and the international community to redouble their commitment in extending the support towards national capacities and instruments for the protection of human rights and fighting hate speech.

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