5 November, 2015

HUMAN RIGHTS VS HATE SPEECH ONLINE

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Category: Human Rights, Internet, Internet literacy
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Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December. The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.

The Council of Europe as the main European institution protecting and promoting Human Rights in Europe has developed instruments to safeguard the human rights and freedoms in its 47 member states. The promotion and defense of Human Rights are central to the Council of Europe’s work, notably through the European Convention on Human Rights (and the European Court on Human Rights) and the work of the Human Rights Commissioner.  All the work of the Council of Europe in the field of human rights is of direct relevance for the No Hate Speech Movement campaign.

The Human Rights Day is very important for our campaign because we campaign for human rights online but also because hate speech concerns various human rights. This should also help us arguing for more solidarity, more inclusion and more responsibility of us individually as well as collectively. This day can also give more visibility of the work of the Human Rights Commissioner, the European Court of Human Rights and the specific policies of the Council of Europe regarding different human rights issues which have also been reflected on our campaign.

The Action Day for Human Rights Online in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement will celebrate the International Human Rights Day (10 December) by mobilizing all actors involved in the campaign – from national campaign committees to young volunteers – to take action for human rights respect both online and offline. The specific focus of the day  shall be on advocating for more efficient and responsible actions safeguarding Human Rights online and combating hate speech by the social media companies, goverments and online game providers and Internet users.

Objectives of the Action Day

  • to combat ignorance and silence of people when facing hate speech online and supporting them to react and act in respect of Human Rights online by providing information and guidelines about possible actions they can easily do themselves,
  • to advocate for more effective involvement of social media companies, online game providers, Internet service providers in combating hate speech and promoting Human Rights online,

Recommended actions will promote and disseminate educational materials and information online and offline that can support users in reacting to hate speech online and how to protect Human Rights, with special focus on the Council of Europe guidelines.  You are invited to report online hate speech that violates Human Rights of any group of people to the Hate Speech Watch. You can read the call for reporting in the focus of the month on the Hate Speech Watch.

You can also contribute to the Action Day by writing an article or by creating a meme Deadline of submission is 5th December), or organizing an offline event. For the details please click on the link below:

CALL FOR ARTICLES AND BLOGS

CALL FOR MEMES AND CREATIVE IMAGES

CALL FOR OFFLINE EVENTS

If you or your organisation would like to support the Action Day please send an email to nohatespeech.movement@gmail.com.

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You can find all specific recommended action on the main page of the Movement by clicking on the Action button in the upper right corner.


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