21 October, 2015

Newsletter N° 40, October, 2015

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NHSM Newsletter - October 2015


The Follow-up Group set up by the Joint Council on Youth met in September for the last time under its current mandate and composition. This was an opportunity to review the state of the movement and to plan its future. The movement is very much alive and active: more than 25 national committees are active, more intend to remain active while the campaign is taking root in other countries – welcome to the support group in Northern Ireland! The plans and projects for 2016 and 2017 are being prepared and should be ready by the end of October. We want to do more and we need also to do better: counter-narratives, best practices, reporting tools… and a lot of Bookmarks. Plenty of room also for new activists and volunteers! From solidarity with refugees, to the informal action day against islamophobia and religious intolerance and to the activism of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, the campaign is really moving… and changing. Move and act with us!


On 29 September the fourth meeting of the Alliance was held in Strasbourg. Here, it was decided that the Alliance will continue to promote the commemoration of 22 July as a date to remember victims of hate crime. The mandate of the Alliance will be extended till the end of 2017 (corresponding with the duration of the No Hate Campaign) with a thematic focus on antisemitism, islamophobia, antigypsyism, homo and transphobia. Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, made a statement in which she stressed her total commitment with the Alliance and the campaign and informed us that the Pope Francis supports the campaign.


Join the Council of Europe Commissioner for ‪#‎HumanRights Nils Muiznieks  and show your support to ‪#‎refugees. Read more here.


Facebook has recently announced that it will work with Germany to combat anti-refugee hate speech and xenophobia online. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has revealed last week of the creation of an online force, in team with Facebook, to monitor against racist hate speech online. These calls have arrived in the wake of hateful content and racist messages which have become prominent on social media against refugees. Read more here.


The Conference Addressing Extremism and Radicalization through Education organised by the Education Department in September brought together education ministries, entities and civil society organisations to discuss the role of quality education, citizenship and human rights in addressing extremism. In response to the Council of Europe’s Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland’s report on the state of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe, the conference discussed the importance of projects, including the No Hate Speech Movement, to  the prevention of violent extremism in the future, through formal and informal education. The No Hate Speech Movement was presented as an example by various campaign activists.


A group of European and Arab activists decided to activate an informal network for the implementation and extension of the Campaign in Arab countries through Euro-Arab youth cooperation and dialogue.




The No Hate Speech Campaign was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 19 September, coordinated by Youthnet with the cooperation and enthusiasm from the campaign support group which is made up of a group of organizations. One project that is currently being worked on is a video-image based project to combat misperceived assumptions and hateful speech.


A powerful video created by the Stefan Batory Foundation showing a homophobic young woman, who morphs into  Adolf Hitler, was produced to shed light on the alarming hate speech effecting youths in Poland, as reported here by CNN. This video, coupled with a report highlighting the urgency and extremity of hate speech online in Poland, is part of a valuable and necessary national campaign launched in September 14 named Stop Hate Speech. The study found that almost two-thirds of Polish youths had experienced hate speech online. The report also reveals other alarming findings, read more here.


The Spanish NGO programme of the EEA and Norway Grants has started a campaign, with a very effective and emotive video to combat hate speech. This video which is challenging homophobic hate speech has appeared this week in several Spanish media outlets. This holds a similarly powerful message to a video published by the Lithuanian NGO programme of the EEA and Norway Grants this spring, about an immigrant sitting in a waiting room asking strangers to translate…. Watch here.


In Bulgaria, a project named “United Youth Combating Hate” has begun, it is a long-term training program working within the field of education for human rights and Hate Speech, organised by “Alternativi International”.  This project has been set up for youth workers and leaders of the EU and the Eastern Partnership: Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Estonia, Georgia and Turkey. “We believe that by working with young people and training more activists for the cause is the way to lead to positive change and build tolerance instead of hatred.” Georgi Kuzmanov, Vice chairperson of “Alternativi International”.


The Hate Speech Watch is the main tool of the campaign to report online hate speech. Its usage can be made really simply using the Report- tool bookmark found here. To install the tool simply drag the “Make a report” button above to the bookmark toolbar in your web browser. If you can’t see the bookmark bar, choose “Show Bookmarks bar” from the View menu.
Any time you find a Hate Speech message and you want to report it, just click on “Make a report” on your toolbar.

word of the moment: movement

Movement. It can easily be described by antonyms: movement is the opposite of decline, inaction or indifference.

Consider also the criteria proposed by Mario Dani for social movement: “a network of informal interactions between a plurality of individuals, groups and/or organisations, engaged in a political or cultural conflict, on the basis of a shared collective identity“. Quoted in/from Wikipedia.

Social Feeds

Special thank @lauraboldrini for her outspoken speech on #refugeecrisis before PACE & for supporting @nohate_speech pic.twitter.com/vGgSEvsWU5— Anne Brasseur (@PACE_President) 29 September 201
HELP AND SUPPORT TO REFUGEES: Find here an updated collection of organisationas and networks that provide support for refugees and asylum-seeker throughout their way in Europe. Please share it and send it to those who may need help or who wish to coordinate better.Posted by No Hate Speech Movement on Tuesday 22 September 2015
Always a pleasure to welcome PACE most regular guest Angel Gurria. He too supports @nohate_speech campaign. @A_Gurria pic.twitter.com/HdLwQFH3iU— Anne Brasseur (@PACE_President) 30 September 2015
Here is a review of Secretary General’s first ever Facebook Live Q&A session.Posted by No Hate Speech Movement on Thursday 24 September 2015


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