Omar Hilal reveals Morocco’s plan to combat hate speech and protect youth from the dangers of extremism

During the third International Day against Hate Speech, Morocco reiterated its firm commitment, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to the values of coexistence and the fight against hate speech and intolerance, emphasizing the pivotal role of youth in combating this scourge.

Morocco’s celebration of this international day, which was adopted at the initiative of the Kingdom in 2021, confirms Morocco’s position as a regional and international leader in the fight against hate speech in all its forms, including in the digital space.

Believing in the importance of the role of youth in building healthy societies, Morocco places them at the heart of the National Integrated Youth Strategy (2015-2030), which aims to protect youth from risky marginal behavior and empower them to act as agents of change within society, said Omar Hilale, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

The involvement of Moroccan youth in the fight against hate speech and extremism within society has proven effective in combating all forms of social exclusion. The work of about 50,000 youth associations across Morocco, active in the fields of education, social inclusion, health, sports, political leadership, human rights advocacy and youth development, contributes to immunizing Moroccan youth from the scourge of hate speech and strengthening their role as agents of change.

In his message to the 9th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, held in November 2022 in Fez, His Majesty King Mohammed VI reiterated the importance of including youth in efforts to combat hate speech, stressing that “youth not only represent the generations that we must inoculate against the scourge of war and against hate speech in its various forms.

During the third International Day to Combat Hate Speech, speakers praised the Kingdom’s role and leadership in this field, stressing the importance of joint mobilization of all components of society, including youth, to combat this scourge.

In their messages, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN General Assembly President Denis Francis stressed the need to invest in youth and promote the values of tolerance, pluralism and inclusion to combat hate speech in all its forms.

The third International Day Against Hate Speech was marked by the participation of several ambassadors and diplomats accredited to the United Nations, representatives of international and regional organizations, experts and specialists in the field of combating hate speech, and young people from around the world.

Morocco’s firm commitment to combating hate speech and its keenness to enhance the role of youth in this field reflects its deep belief in the importance of building healthy societies based on the values of coexistence, tolerance and respect, and the Kingdom’s pioneering initiatives in this field are a model to be emulated at the regional and international levels.

Source : Fes News Media

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