Seminar: Genocide, Freedom of Expression And Social Media
January 29, 2020
For the third year, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) marked the United Nations International Day of Commemoration of Victims of Genocide with an afternoon conference featuring experienced human rights practitioners, legal experts, academicians, human rights activists and well-known journalists. The seminar was in partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. The seminar entitled Genocide, Freedom of Expression and Social Media: The balance of the unbalanced, which took place on January 29 in the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, was in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (OHCHR), International Center for Human Sciences- UNESCO, Facebook, SMEX, Amnesty International, Lepsius Haus Potsdam, Huma Rights Watch, L ’Orient le Jour and the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights in Lebanon. In light of the ongoing uprisings sweeping over the region, this conference examined the role of freedom of expression in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Armenia. It also explored the international stance on freedom of expression vis a vis cases of its criminalization, producing hate content, and inciting to genocide using social media and other platforms.