Geneva – The growing discourse of hatred, incitement to violence and misinformation in Libya is extremely alarming, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, the International Institute for Rights and Development and Solidarity Human Rights said in a joint oral statement at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held in Geneva on Tuesday.

 

   Although hate speech and incitement to violence are criminalized in international human rights law, it is growing rapidly, and it is practiced today by most parties in Libya.   

The speech stressed the dangers of hate speech and incitement targeting social groups based on their tribal, ethnic or regional origins, through media outlets and social media networks, stressing that this threatens the social fabric in Libya and undermines any proposals to achieve calm and end the political crisis.

"Entire regions in Libya were demonized through shows that lasted for hours on satellite channels, which resulted in an escalation of violence, and a deliberate targeting of civilians," the oral statement read.

“Although hate speech and incitement to violence are criminalized in international human rights law, it is growing rapidly, and it is practiced today by most parties in Libya.

“What worries the most is the absence of any measures to counter this destructive phenomenon, which hasn’t been denounced by parties to the conflict, whether the internationally recognized Government of National Accord or the armed groups in eastern Libya.”

The organizations called on UNHRC to direct the High Commissioner Office to submit a report on hate speech and incitement against violence in the Libyan media to identify channels and individuals who commit this crime, document its effects and suggest effective mechanisms to address it.