29 October, 2013

“I am against hate speech, because…” in Armenia

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Category: Activism, Guest writer
Aileen Donegan
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PINK ARMENIA’S WORKSHOPS ON HATE SPEECH

Writer: Lusine Ghazaryan

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TAKING ACTION AT LOCAL LEVEL

On 28 September, PINK Armenia (in English), non-governmental organisation organised an educational activity for interested parties in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The activity had the headline “I am against hate speech, because…” The aim of the event was to disclose the main concepts connected with hate speech – most importantly on a practical level.

The training-workshop was comprised of several parts. It included the theoretical part: main concepts connected with hate speech, legal regulations of hate speech. It also touched the national and international law covering the issue. But the most educational part, was was an informal moot court that took place during the event, during which the participants themselves were to decide on the merits of the case, whether the case was hate speech or not.

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EDUCATING THROUGH AN INFORMAL MOOT COURT CASE

A trivial case was chosen on purpose from the Armenian reality to make the participants think about whether it is necessary to draw any line between hate speech and freedom of expression. A comprehensive debate took place as a result, after which the participants got the basic idea of discriminatory and violence-inciting speech.

We believe that it is important to share with the parties concerned any practical information of what the good examples of fighting hate speech can be, especially when the country is only a “beginner” in the issue. At the end of the training, the participants, who already learnt some important aspects of hate speech, could clarify for themselves why they should be against discriminatory and violence inciting speech.

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INCLUSION

We believe that interactive and participatory workshops are one of the best ways to involve the society in the main debate. And it is necessary to take similar actions on local level, as we may be the only opportunities for the rest of the society to learn more about the problem we are facing every day in our communities.

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Public Information and Need of Knowledge (PINK) NGO

Contact person: Lusine Ghazaryan, gh.lusy@yahoo.com

 


1 Comment

  1. Wilmerdon

    I am curious to know, during the workshop the topic “Hate Speech” was it clearly defined? And if yes, how was it done? Because hate-speech means very different things to different people and there’s a cultural dimension as well, int terms level of tolerance shown by various societies.

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