This volume offers an overview of the international and regional (Americas) protections against hate speech. It then focuses on the Mexican legal framework in order to proceed with a critique of the Mexican Supreme Court's decision establishing that expressions such as 'fagot' and other forms of homophobic language, are not protected by the right to freedom of expression. The volume makes a twofold critique of hate speech legislation in Mexico and further afield. First, in relation to its frequent 'incitement' focus - inciting others to hate. This focus ignores the harm that hate speech causes in and of itself, to its targets. The second is that hate speech legislation addresses extreme forms and imposes very high thresholds, therefore, everyday harmful expressions of prejudice and discrimination go to legal limbo despite being arguably more harmful than hate speech. The volume proposes the pursuit of alternative civil law mechanisms against discriminatory expressions together with other non-legal initiatives aimed at the politicization of culture.
|Place of Publication||Mexico|
|Publisher||Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de Mexico (CNDH)|
|Number of pages||93|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2015|
|Name||Coleccion sobre la proteccion constitucional de los derechos humanos|
|Publisher||Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico|
- hate speech
- justice system
- civil law
Perez Portilla, K. (2015). Solo Palabras? El discurso de odio y las expresiones discriminatorias en Mexico. (Coleccion sobre la proteccion constitucional de los derechos humanos). Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de Mexico (CNDH).