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New resource on hate speech and the law

Graphic: Sign of a wall says 'post no hate'

The resources aims to help New Zealanders have an informed, inclusive and respectful discussion about the complex issue of hate speech.

A resource providing an overview of the legal framework on hate speech has been published by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

Kōrero Whakamauāhara: Hate Speech includes definitions of hate speech and considers the different legal approaches to hate speech in New Zealand and internationally.

It is intended as a resource to help New Zealanders have an informed, inclusive and respectful discussion about the complex and contentious issue of hate speech.

Work on the resource started prior to the Christchurch mosque attacks on 15 March 2019 and continued in the aftermath of those attacks, which killed 51 people.

"The appropriate collective response to the Christchurch massacres will include local, national and international initiatives encompassing a variety of policies, programmes and practices," Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt said.

"The response to 15 March is and continues to be complex and multifaceted. This resource addresses only one corner of this large canvas," he said.

Date: 18 December 2019

Source: New Zealand Human Rights Commission


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  1. Sign of a wall says 'post no hate' - Jon Tyson on Unspalsh