On Wednesday 10 April 2013, Mr. Adama Dieng, a Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide, was a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. Co-organized by the UNA Slovenia Youth Section, Mr. Dieng held a lecture on the topic of hate speech and the stimulation of genocide. He raised problems that the international community faces when determining stimulation of genocide and trying to find a balance between the freedom of speech and the prevention of hate speech.
A strong commitment to the aim of preventing hate speech and the stimulation of genocide as well as to the prosecution of the guidelines already given by the Rabat Declaration in 2012 is needed in order to address the problem. Mr. Dieng referred to many issues, perspectives and historical experiences and emphasized the importance of a multi-actor approach and the role of educational institutions and media in the process of the prevention of hate speech and transmission of tolerance and peace. At the end of his lecture, Mr. Dieng answered to questions from the audience.
About the lecturer
Adama Dieng was appointed as the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on 17 July 2012 by the UN Secretary General. In his rich career prior to the appointment, he worked as a Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and served as the UN Independent Expert for Haiti and the Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Malawi.
Mr. Dieng was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a founding member of the Pan African Alliance for Transparency and the Rule of Law and a member of the Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Poverty of UNESCO. He acted as a consultant also for many other organizations including the OHCHR, the African Union, the European Union and the Ford Foundation.
As the author of many articles on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, he made a notable contribution to the promotion of capacity building of judicial and democratic institutions and strengthening of the rule of law. His contribution to the respect of human rights is noted by his lectures at various academic institutions around the world.