Pakistan calls on UN to combat Islamophobia

Pakistan calls on UN to combat Islamophobia
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[Ed. – A “whole of government” approach to combating “Islamophobia” has a very ominous ring to it.  Almost nothing government is legitimately chartered to do would address “Islamophobia.”  Firefighting?  Collecting taxes?  Building dams, roads, and bridges?]

Pakistan threw its full weight behind the new UN Strategy and Plan of Action to combat hate speech, saying that language was being used to secure narrow political and electoral gains in many parts of the world, including the South Asian region. …

[Pakistani] Ambassador Lodhi called for government interventions to fight hate speech, including national legislation, emphasised that social media platforms should not become conduits for incitement to violence and evolving ways to ensure that information technology companies were held accountable for the content that incited violence and weaponised individuals.

In addition, she called for framing a more focused strategy to deal with the various expressions of Islamophobia. A ‘whole of government’ and a ‘whole of society’ approach was needed. In this regard, the Pakistani envoy urged the secretary-general to engage with a wide range of actors, including governments, civil society and social media companies to take action and stop social media users being funneled into online sources of radicalisation.

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