Monitoring of “hate speech”and offensive language against the background of the agitation period of presidential elections in Belarus

Human Constanta
22 December 2020

The human rights organization Human Constanta continues to study the problem of discriminatory statements and has decided to conduct its own monitoring of “hate speech” during the presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus in 2020.

This monitoring is a pilot project and does not claim to be complete, and, therefore, does not pretend to have generalized conclusions but it provides some insight into the scope, subject matter and degree of aggressiveness of emotionally coloured statements.

We also do not consider that the elections in Belarus were held in accordance with the international standards, but we note their importance as a public event and, in this regard, the relevance of monitoring the rhetoric that occurs during the elections.

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