A/HRC/28/64 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 5 January 2015 Original: English Human Rights Council Twenty-eight session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Report of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák Summary The present report provides an update of the activities of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues during 2014. It includes a thematic discussion on “Hate speech and incitement to hatred against minorities in the media”. Media, in its diverse forms, is an essential component of today’s societies, providing huge benefits and possibilities, including in the field of minority issues. Nevertheless, the Special Rapporteur highlights that media can also be misused as a platform for discrimination, exclusion and the incitement of hostility and violence against particular individuals and groups, through hate speech as well as xenophobic discourse. The Special Rapporteur identifies and analyses factors that influence and perpetuate hate speech in the media. She urges States to adopt legislation prohibiting national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, in line with article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and to put in place practical policy and programme measures to prevent hate speech from leading to hate crimes. GE.15-00032 (E) 

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