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Myanmar: Proposed “hate speech” law endangers free expression and will not prevent conflict or violence

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Myanmar: Proposed “hate speech” law endangers free expression and will not prevent conflict or violence

ARTICLE 19's analysis of the third draft of Myanmar’s Interfaith Harmonious Coexistence Law finds that, notwithstanding some positive changes to the draft law, it remains fundamentally flawed from a freedom of expression perspective. Against the draft law’s own stated objectives, its reliance on broad censorship powers is profoundly misguided, and will not advance much-needed efforts to alleviate or prevent conflict. A new approach is needed to build respect for pluralism and diversity in Myanmar, and open space for dialogue that genuinely has the potential to prevent violence and discrimination.


By Article 19, UK.


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