Guest Lecture on “Hate Speech, Elections and the Future of Democracy”

A guest lecture on “Hate speech, elections & the future of democracy – lessons from Indonesia, Kenya and the United States” organized by the Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) was conducted on the 03rd of July 2018 at the Department of English Language Teaching (DELT).

The lecture which was delivered by Mr. Vasu Mohan, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific of IFES was an invitation to all present to deliberate on what constitutes hate speech, two key theories associated with countering hate speech by ensuring the right to free speech vs legislation to curb hate speech including international conventions, the use of hate speech as a campaign strategy, and an opportunity to reflect on our individual responsibility, particularly as university students and academics, to counter hate speech.

The lecture was attended by Dr. Shyamani Hettiarachchi, Director- Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) and a mixed group of undergraduates from the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Science, with sign language interpreter support offered by Ms. Dumini de Silva. (CCSD & the Department of Disability Studies) and translation into Sinhala by Ms. Lasanthi Daskon-Attanayake (IFES & the Department of Disability Studies).