In 2011, against a backdrop of rising levels of hate worldwide, the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) adopted Resolution 16/18 on combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of people, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against people based on religion or belief (Resolution 16/18).
The resolution provides 13 action items in an Eight-Point Action Plan and five additional action commitments that commits states to address intolerance through a variety of positive and proactive interventions to encourage more speech as a way of countering religious intolerance, discrimination, and violence on the basis of or in the name of religion or belief.
Since Resolution 16/18 provides no methodological framework for measuring implementation of this resolution, ARTICLE 19 and the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention (HRAP) Clinic have collaborated to create a framework that provides a set of indicators and a scoring rubric for these 13 action items. It has the overarching goal of facilitating engagement with, and the implementation of, the 13 action items in Resolution 16/18.
The framework is primarily designed to facilitate self-assessment by member states and also to encourage other stakeholders to evaluate member states’ reporting and reflect on and analyse how best to implement Resolution 16/18.
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