Les mots qu'on utilise contre certains peuples, contre les migrants, Michael Moeller, Patron des Nations-Unies, à Genève, a démontré, aujourd'hui, combien ils sont #dangereux, combien ils minimisent et chosifient nos semblables. Ici, l'intégrale de son discours en anglais.
Remarks by Mr. Michael Møller- United Nations Under-Secretary-General- Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
The 2nd Global Summit – Religion, Peace and Security: Building Bridges, Fostering Inclusivity and Countering Hate Speech to Enhance the Protection of Religious Minorities, Refugees and Migrants
Monday, 29 April 2019 at 15.00 - Room XX, Palais des Nations.
" Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
A warm welcome to the Palais des Nations! It is a pleasure to be with you for the second Global Summit on Religion, Peace and Security. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing us together today.
Testament to the ambition and attraction of this summit, we have 7 speakers in the opening alone, so I will be brief, and share with you just one point that I see as key in our reflection on how to counter hate speech and protect religious minorities, refugees, and migrants.
That point has to do with the language we use.
Opening your average newspaper, you might well read a sentence like this: “Swarms of illegal aliens are invading our countries like a tsunami, while our governments struggle to find a solution to the crisis.”
There are so many problems with that sentence:
̶ Talking about tsunamis portrays migration as if it were a natural disaster;
̶ talking about an invasion suggests bad intentions and conjures up images of hostile armies;
̶ talking about swarms of illegals de-humanizes migrants;
̶ and talking about a solution implies there is a problem.
None of which is true. Migration is an essential part of human existence, a fact of life, and, most importantly, a positive phenomenon. Diversity equals richness.
Yet the language we use is loaded and biased – just ask yourself why a European scientist working in Africa is called an expat; but an African academic teaching in Europe an immigrant.
Language can distort our frame of reference; and its careless use paves the way for language that does much worse.
And so today, we see hate speech spreading like wildfire through social media into the mainstream. It is a menace to our values, to social stability, to peace itself. And such hate speech is in turn the breeding ground for unfathomable evil.
The recent horrendous events in New Zealand and Sri Lanka are but the most awful extreme of the ignorance and intolerance that we see every day; the bigotry that says another person is less than my equal, less than human.
The capacity for such evil resides in all our societies, but so, too, do the qualities of understanding, kindness, justice and reconciliation.
To work together towards building bridges and fostering inclusivity is what brought us together today. And it is why the partnership between faith-based organizations and the United Nations is so important.
Because at the heart of our actions we are basing ourselves on the same universal values: to be merciful, to be tolerant, to love thy neighbor.
I wish you much success in your discussions over the coming days and look forward to learning about what plans of