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Newsletter N° 43, December 2015

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NHSM Newsletter - December 2015

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We live in a network society, we live both online and offline, connected to others by technology and social media. Within this network society we find strong ties evolving between networked communities, as in the case of the activists of the No Hate Speech Movement. Our communities use technology to communicate, cooperate and promote human rights for everyone. Networks and communities do not only have technologies in common: they are also bound by values and beliefs. Ours are Human Rights and Human Dignity, online and offline. Check in this newsletter how you can also join the preparations for the Action Day for Human Rights Online on the 10 December.


On 10 December 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, December 10th became International Human Rights Day. On this day, the No Hate Speech Movement will unite together for the final Action Day 2015, to campaign together for a better Internet where human rights and dignity are respected. We’ll raise awareness for the responsibilities stakeholders of the internet hold towards creating human rights “minded” internet where everyone’s dignity is respected. Among other actions, you can sign the petition and share it Facebook or Twitter. You can also report hate speech online which you think is a violation on human rights, produce memes, write blog articles and offline actions such as organizing local events with young people.


A Human Rights Call To Facebook

One of the actions for 10 December is a call to Facebook to improve the implementation of its policies regarding hate speech pages and content. Please share it on social media, especially on your own timeline and/or retweet it.

THE RIGHT TO BE UNIQUE (Dreptul de a fi unic)

This is a video about hate speech and vulnerable groups, the main target groups for hate speech in Romania: Roma population, LGBT and persons with disabilities. 

Produced by the Foundation for Civil Society Development, operator of the EEA Norway Grants NGO programme in Romania, the animation is also subtitled in English.

The link is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cFFVkDdQu0


The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe made a statement voicing its commitment to fight against terrorism and unite against the spiral of hate, in the face of the tragic and vicious attacks which happened in Paris on 13 November, and the other numerous terrorist attacks elsewhere. The Committee “will continue to give the highest priority to the implementation of the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism adopted in May 2015”, which includes the importance of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign.


The European Youth Foundation has just published an online resource mapping examples of projects it supports in line with the No Hate Speech Movement campaign. The Foundation is committed to supporting a diversity of initiatives which combat hate speech for the duration of the campaign. Consult and download the publication The European Youth Foundation & the No Hate Speech Movement.

NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT Committed To Combating Hate Speech

The Norwegian government has made a declaration confirming its dedication to combatting hate speech. Joined by the Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Solveig Horne, was the No Hate Speech Movement Norwegian campaign coordinator Eirik Rise and campaign advisor Ingrid Aspelund. In this declaration the Norwegian government states their commitment to combating hate speech and intolerance and affirm the responsibility of public authorities and educational institutions in actively preventing hate speech. The declaration can be found here, and the English version here.

KyberFEST in prague

More than eight hundred young people joined the festival KyberFEST at the Municipal public library of Prague on November 20, which was a festival aiming to promote safer use of the internet and the No Hate Speech Movement in the Czech Republic. There were many activities held including a performance with actress Anna Polívková , a number of workshops on how to make the internet a safer place and printed materials provided by NCBI – such as the WebWeWant brochure or the “Be master of your space’ privacy”. This was in the framework of No Hate Movement campaign, as organised by NCBI who manages the website of the Czech campaign, the Facebook profile and the online Helpline.


Through the Lens, funded by Agenzija Zghazagh, is a project coordinated by the No Hate Speech Movement in Malta which aims to promote cultural diversity and No Hate Speech through the organisation of a photographic exhibition and multicultural event at the community centre. The exhibition participants had the opportunity of taking part in workshops on human rights, human rights journalism and photography in the run-up to the exhibition.


Check the video produced by awareness campaign on combatting hate speech by OSCE Mission Campaign in Kosovo*- “Do not grow up with hatred“. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the public about the effects of hate speech on young people and the need for tolerance and acceptance of difference.


This will be the last issue of the campaign newsletter in 2015. We hope to achieve a very successful Action Day and wish all of you a great ending of 2015 and a better beginning of 2016.

We’ll be back in 2016 to campaign together against hate speech and for dignity for everyone.

word of the moment: networked comunities

The society we live in today has been called by some, a network society.

Manuel Castells has defined this network society as “a society whose social structure is made of networks powered by microelectronics-based information and communication technologies.”

Within this network society we find strong ties evolving between networked communities. These communities evolve amongst people with a sense of unity and membership, coupled with a shared emotional association to achieve their defined goals, as in the case of the activists of the No Hate Speech Movement.

Social Feeds

Inspiring way to react on hate speech! This Muslim woman is donating money to charity every time she gets a hate tweet ‪#‎nohatespeech‬: video.

Posted by No hate Speech Movement on 25 November 2015

President of #Bulgaria parliament Tsetska Tsacheva: against hate speech, incl. in parliamentary halls @nohate_speech pic.twitter.com/2FpRM6XTQc

— Anne Brasseur (@PACE_President) 27 November 2015

International youth activists launch #Commonwealth @_YouthCAN w/ @ComSecYouth @Institute4SD @nohate_speech #CYF2015 pic.twitter.com/GoXqGdxhjK

— Erin Marie Saltman(@ErinSaltman) 27 November 2015

Proud to be part of #NoHateSpeech Movement online resource: https://t.co/KADHFPiO6m @coe @nohate_speech pic.twitter.com/X2Nsnb2xWu

— Virtual Feels Real (@VFR_LIBERO) 27 November 2015


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