Malaysian Youth Build Capacity on Hate Speech and Atrocity Prevention

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The workshop sought to recognise the critical role that young people play in countering hate speech online, empowering youth to play a more prominant role in atrocity prevention in the region. 

The multi-day workshop covered the important distinction between hate speech and freedom of expression, and the connection between hate speech and atrocity crimes. On the third day, participants devised strategies for campaigning against hate speech.

The workshop was a great success, with many participants reporting that they had gained a better understanding of the role of hate speech and its connection to atrocites, and, most critically, their role in combatting it. 

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The mission of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (the Centre or APR2P) is to deepen knowledge and advance policy on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, and facilitate effective prevention and response mechanisms to mass atrocities within the Asia Pacific region.

Launched in February 2008, the Centre is dedicated to achieving this mission through research and policy dialogue with our regional and international partners, with joint funding from The University of Queensland and the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The Centre has helped achieve significant progress in developing the region's normative consensus on R2P and in building partnerships and communities of practice across the region. Today, the Centre works with partners in almost every corner of the region, stretching from Myanmar to Japan, promoting R2P and facilitating national action to prevent atrocities. The Asia Pacific is a region engaged with R2P as exemplified by the highly successful regional conference held in Cambodia to mark the tenth anniversary of R2P in 2015. The Centre has also promoted the implementation of atrocity prevention through regional action, such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific's (CSCAP) Study Group on R2P and the High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia.

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