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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has told the UN it denounces hate speech “of all kinds and forms”, reiterating that its efforts to promote tolerance, as well as to combat all aspects of extremism and violence, continue around the world.

The Kingdom’s comments were made during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday at UN headquarters in New York to mark the first International Day for No Hate Speech.

Sulafa Mousa, head of the social, humanitarian and cultural committee of the Saudi Permanent Delegation to the UN, said the commemoration “comes at a very important time, when humanity is suffering from the repercussions of epidemics, conflicts and natural disasters, which have added new dimensions to the cohesion and resilience of societies.

She underscored Saudi Arabia’s belief that tolerance is the basis for coexistence and the creation of civilizations, and also stressed the importance of combating hate speech and refraining from violence.

Dr. Zeid Al-Fadhil, director of the cultural program of the Gulf Research Center. (Provided)

Mousa said the Kingdom had a proven track record in combating hate speech, as well as fostering tolerance as a way of life and a universal value among people.

The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue has played an important role in promoting these ideas and ensuring they are embedded in society, she said.

Mousa said the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology established in the Kingdom “is working to implement a roadmap to counter hate speech and get closer to its propagators”.

This strategy includes suppressing sources of hate in the media and social networks, encouraging the reporting of hate crimes, strengthening the role of education in combating hate speech and promoting a culture of cooperation.

The Saudi Ministry of Education has published a document on human rights concepts in school curricula to incorporate the values ​​of equality and rejection of hatred and to emphasize that tolerance is one of the main pillars for the development of Islamic studies curricula.

Mousa said the widespread use of social media has created an enabling environment for the promotion and dissemination of hate speech by terrorist organizations. Increased international efforts and the creation of strategic plans to counteract their tactics are needed, she added.

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue works to advance dialogue, strengthen coexistence, respect diversity, embrace pluralism and support shared citizenship among nations, it said. she declared.

This year, the Kingdom hosted a forum on “common values ​​among religious followers”, which aimed to increase collaboration and trust between global spiritual leaders, encourage moderation and harmony and support initiatives aimed at promote tolerance and peace.

“The differences between people in terms of races, religions and ideas will never disappear or be eliminated,” she said. “Hate speech is based on non-acceptance of the other, and tolerance and acceptance of others are the only ways to create a stable and secure international community free from turmoil, tension and conflict. division.”

According to Zaid Al-Fadhil, director of the cultural program at the Gulf Research Center, Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in promoting tolerance and rejecting extremism.

He said the 2005 Makkah Declaration “indisputably established the speech of tolerance and the reduction of hate speech, which was recently reinforced in the Makkah Document issued by the Muslim World League.”

The declaration emphasized a culture of tolerance and was endorsed by the leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and many intellectuals, where for the first time eight Islamic sects were recognized.