17 July, 2015

Newsletter N° 38, Summer Edition, 2015

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NHSM Newsletter - Summer 2015

As you read this post now someone falls victim to hate crime in Europe. In most cases this crime will go unreported and not investigated. Hate crimes are criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people. Violence and crime known as hate crime are motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, a person or group disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views or any other forms of intolerance based on any forms of discrimination of hatred. Since hate speech may encourage or accompany hate crime, the two are interlinked.

On 22 July 2011, 77 people fell victims of hate crime in Norway, including 66 young people from Utøya youth camp. To commemorate this day is to honour the victims. And to show solidarity with many other victims, visible and invisible, who are targeted because of their identity. Solidarity is central to the values of the No Hate Speech Movement: human rights are for everyone and everyone has a role to play in defending them; we are not campaigning for our individual rights, we are campaign for everyone’s rights; campaigning together is also an exercise of solidarity. The No Hate Speech Movement has achieved considerable support for 22 July to be proclaimed as Europe Day for the Victims of Hate Crime, including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. But we need to campaign further for this to be effectively decided: this upcoming Action Day is therefore still dedicated to the same purpose. Please sign the petition and contact your politicians. Solidarity is what will keep us going!


The campaign continues!

The No Hate Speech Movement, as decided by the Joint Council on Youth, officially came to an end on 31 March 2015. On 19 May 2015 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to continue the Campaign until the end of 2017. The renewed or extended Campaign is part of the Council of Europe Action Plan against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. Read here the adopted plan of action. No matter when the official date of the end of the campaign will be, the need to address, combat and overcome hate speech is still there and possibly more urgent than ever before. We go on campaigning with national committees, activists and partners! Keep subscribed to the newsletter to know what is coming up.

Take Action for the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime

The activists and supporters of the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech Movement initiated a petition towards the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2013 to establish a European Day for Victims of Hate Crime on 22 July, the day of the attacks on Oslo and Utøya in Norway.

European Day for Victims of Hate Crime

The initiative has received the support of the Support Group of the Victims of 22 July, the Norwegian Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – read the details of the idea and the concept of the European Day. We call on all activists to take part in this action day by expressing solidarity online with victims of hate crime. Simple actions: join the online community by adding the Black Heart logo of the Day to your Facebook profile photo with the help of Picabadge or change your profile photo to the Black Heart. Other actions proposed: Sign the petition, Write a story; Contact Politicians; Offline actionReport hate speechShare blog posts; Follow the Day on Facebook.


“Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.” Sara Ahmed.

The end of the beginning!

The Evaluation and Follow-up Conference was held in Strasbourg at the end of May and was a great occasion to plan the next 2½ years of the campaign.

Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly on neo-racism

On 25 June 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly adopted the Resolution 2069 (2015): “The Assembly is concerned about the growing dissemination of hate speech, especially in the political sphere and on the Internet, and at the emergence of overtly anti-migrant political parties and populist movements in a number of member States. Politicians should be aware of the effect of their words on public opinion and should refrain from using any forms of discriminatory, insulting or aggressive language about groups or categories of people. They should also base their statements about immigration and asylum, and about intercultural relations, on objective facts.”

Results of the online survey

A preliminary compilation and analysis of the online survey on No Hate Speech was prepared and presented at the Evaluation and Follow-up Conference. The presentation is now available in the platform.

Some highlights about the Survey:
– 6601 responses in 30 languages
– 83% experienced Hate Speech online
– The 3 groups most often targeted are LGBT, Muslims and Women
– Some 70% believe that human rights should apply online like they apply offline

No Hate Alliance

“Preventing Islamophobia while combating the radicalisation of young people” was the title of the joint meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly’s No Hate Parliamentary Alliance and the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development on 23 June 2015 in Strasbourg.

How to prevent young people from turning to extremism and violence without stigmatising an entire community? Avoiding presenting Islam as a source of terrorism, combating segregation in schools and ensuring access to work and education for young people from a migrant background were some of the measures recommended by Mr Bernard De Vos, Ombudsman for Children’s Rights of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, who also believed that communities can play a positive role in tackling social problems within them.

Link to press release here.

Dignity for everyone, everywhere! – participants of the “Enter! Youth Meeting”

From 30 June to 3 July 2015 the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg offered young people, especially those experiencing discrimination, exclusion and violence in their environment, the opportunity to have their voices heard on solutions for improving their access to social rights. 180 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities’ representatives participated in the Enter! Youth Meeting, to learn and share experiences about social rights, situations and responses in other countries, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in this field. The participants concluded their meeting with a Message to the Council of Europe. Among others, the message calls for the Campaign “to be taken more seriously by our authorities. We claim equal dignity for everyone, everywhere!”. More about the ENTER! project.

The Campaign is alive in Ukraine

On 25-28 June the Ukrainian Campaign Committee organised several events in cities on the edge of the conflict zone. The Association “KVN of Ukraine”, with support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine, brought the No Hate Speech Movement to Donbass by holding seminars, concerts, art exhibitions and video presentations. Twenty kilometres away from the on-going conflict zone, the Ukrainian campaign managed to share humour and knowledge with local communities in 5 cities of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions – Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Slovyansk and Svyatogirsk. Traces of the war are still alive in the ruined buildings and in the eyes of people who experience a lot of grief. A team of activists from Ukraine and the Czech Republic held seminars on human rights and No Hate Speech in Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk, promoting human rights with instruments of the No Hate Speech Campaign in Ukraine.

European Court of Human Rights judgment on hate speech

In 2006 a company- named L- published an article on Delfi, a news portal in Estonia, under the heading “SLK Destroyed Planned Ice Road”. Ice roads are public roads over the frozen sea which are open between the Estonian mainland and some islands in winter. The article attracted 185 comments and about twenty of them contained personal threats and offensive language directed against L. On 9 March 2006 L.’s lawyers requested the applicant company to remove the offensive comments and claimed 500,000 Estonian kroons (EEK) in compensation for non-pecuniary damage. Delfi removed the offending comments the same day, but refused to pay damages. The matter went to court and eventually L was awarded damages, though of a substantially smaller amount than originally claimed. The news organisation brought the matter to the European Court of Human Rights and lost the case in a unanimous chamber decision. It then brought the matter before the Grand Chamber.

The Grand Chamber of ECHR pronounced its judgment in the case of Delfi AS v Estonia on 23 June 2015. We see that the owner of the newspaper blog site could be considered responsible for the hate speech which appeared on its site. However, the Court also considered in the earlier part of its judgment that this would not apply, for example to social media. Read the complete Judgment here.

UNESCO conference on fighting radicalization of youth on the Internet

On 16 and 17 June 2015, government officials, academics, policy-makers, youth NGOs representatives, experts and practitioners from a range of institutions and disciplines joined the UNESCO first-ever international conference, Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism. The No Hate Speech movement was there! Watch the video.



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