Parliamentarians therefore are in a unique position to promote fundamental freedoms including the right to freedom of religion and belief, to protect against discrimination, and to combat hate speech. They can do so by ensuring that all governmental restrictions imposed on religious and belief practices of all communities are provided for by law, are proportionate and necessary, and non-discriminatory.
Parliamentarians should also be firmly committed towards combatting discrimination and stigmatization of religious and belief-based groups by way of law, education and national advocacy campaigns. They can do so by actively interacting with local communities and individuals in their constituencies to advance inclusive dialogue and promote solidarity amongst all.
Lawmakers also have a responsibility to combat hate speech and xenophobia and preserving social cohesion by using their public status and political capital to issue positive counter narratives to hate speech and instead promote accurate and reliable information.
Parliamentarians should actively collaborate with diverse stakeholders both in their country and abroad to ensure they can effectively respond not only to the global health crisis but to the ongoing global human rights crisis.