In December, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism will join world leaders, civil society groups, and private sector representatives at the U.S. Department of State’s Summit for Democracy, to discuss how to collectively combat transnational threats to the health and well-being of democracies and to protect human rights around the world.
The virtual summit will provide space for robust discussion around three main topics: Defending against authoritarianism, addressing and fighting corruption, and advancing respect for human rights.
GPAHE is a member of the Defending Against Authoritarianism working group with the Summit. From our research and work in this area — especially related to the role social media and tech companies have played in spreading disinformation, weakening democracies and helping authoritarian leaders rise to power and allowing for violence against Muslims — we will bring serious issues up for discussion, and offer national and transnational solutions.
The systemic problems of racism, violence, discrimination, and authoritarianism facing communities and societies across the world are often rooted in hateful and extremist ideologies. To be successful in supporting democracy and ensuring human rights for all, we can no longer separate hate and extremism from politics and discussions about solutions.
It is our hope that this summit will be more than another promise to strengthen democracies and human rights in the U.S. and across the world. It is up to us to work with governments and hold them accountable to their promises and commitments.