31 August, 2016

Newsletter N° 49, August 2016

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Eric Miller
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Summer of No Hate?

Dear Subscriber,

Summer 2016 has been anything but a quiet period, with the events in Turkey, the terrifying attack in Nice, attacks in Southern Germany and an increase in racist attacks in the United Kingdom to list just a few that have hit the headlines. But the massive and enthusiastic engagement of young people in the campaign at summer festivals, training courses and street events across Europe is evidence of the shared support for solidarity and human rights. There were also widespread acts of solidarity for the Victims of Hate Crime on 22 July and for the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust at the commemoration held on 2 August. We hope this newsletter gives you fresh inspiration for action once the holiday period is over.


Roma Holocaust Remembrance at Auschwitz

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day – 2 August – was commemorated at Auschwitz during the “Dikh He Na Bister/Look and don’t forget” international event attended by around 400 Roma and non Roma. The event was organised by TernYpe -International Roma Youth Network in partnership with over 24 organisations and partners. The youth participants took part in a 4-day programme to commemorate and learn about the Roma Genocide and how to speak out against antigypsyism and hate speech in Europe today. The meeting was supported by the Council of Europe, with a particular engagement through the Roma Youth Action Plan and the campaign against hate speech. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe spoke of the importance of remembrance to building a future together and the Dikh He Na Bister project at the ceremony in Strasbourg.

Training Seminar in Quebec

For the official launch of the campaign in Quebec, Les Offices Jeunesse Internationaux du Québec and the Bureau International Jeunesse from Belgium will host a 2-day training seminar in Montreal in October. The seminar will precede the UNESCO conference “Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalisation and Extremism”. Go online for more information and details on how to apply.

UN Resolution on the enjoyment of Human Rights online

At its 32nd session on 27 June, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution entitled “The Promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet“. In Article 11 of the Resolution the Council stresses the importance of combating the advocacy of hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination or violence on the Internet, by promoting tolerance and dialogue instead. The document also addresses gender-based violence and the gender divide online (Article 13), calling for a report on ways to bridge the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective in consultation with states, civil society and the internet industry.

‘Learning equality, living dignity’ Photo and Illustration Competition

The competition invites anybody between the ages of 13 and 30 living in the member states of the European Cultural Convention to submit a photo or illustration on the theme of the 3rd Human Rights Education Forum “Learning Equality, Living Dignity” which will be held in October in Budapest, Hungary. The winning contestants will receive a prize and be invited to the Forum. For information on the competition visit the call for submissions on the Facebook page of the Forum Act4HRE.

National Campaigns

No hate at Bulgarian Summer Festivals

The organisation Infinite Opportunities Association (IOA) has been promoting the campaign throughout July and August visiting a different festival in Bulgaria every Saturday. To give a few examples: at the Bridge Fest in Vidin 21-24 July IOA filmed a lip-dub video of the song “Love Generation”. Activities were also organised in support of the Action Day for the victims of hate crimes. During the Timeless Festival in Aglen, on 29-31 July, a large number of young people joined in the call for tolerance and respect for the human rights of the most vulnerable. International Youth Day was celebrated at Vazrazhdane Park in Sofia.

International youth training in Armenia

The training course ”Where does hate come from?” held in Yerevan from 15 to 23 July was a joint project of the Armenian Progressive Youth NGO (Armenia) and Active Ukrainians in Europe (Sweden), bringing together 32 youth workers and leaders from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Lithuania, France, Italy, Sweden and Turkey. Participants enhanced their understanding of hate speech and learned how to develop creative methods to tackle hate speech with young people in their local environment. The programme included a one-day seminar on The boundaries between hate speech and freedom of speech on 18 July.

Sziget free of Hate Speech

The Hungarian campaign asked young people at the Sziget International Festival in Hungary (9-16 August) why they wished to fight hate, check online the photo impression.

National training course on Human Rights Education in the United Kingdom

The National Training Course on Human Rights Education was organised by the Euro Mediterranean Resources Network, ASHA Centre, YouthLink Scotland and Universal Peace Federation – UK in co-operation with the Governmental programme on Hate Crime and Stop Hate UK, in London from 1 to 7 August. The 25 participants explored the practical tools that could be used at local and national level for tackling hate speech, promoting Human Rights Education and intercultural and interfaith dialogue. The speeches from the public debate held during the course can be read on the blog.

No Hate Instagram competition

The Icelandic campaign has run a competition at various youth festivals and the Icelandic Gay pride for the best Instagram photo on the topic No Hate. The photos were submitted using #Ekkerthatur.

No Hate at the Mediterranean Academy for Youth

The city of Assilah in Morocco hosted the Mediterranean Academy for Youth from 15 to 26 August 2016. The Academy was organised by the Mediterranean Forum for Youth (FOMEJE), in co-operation with the Human Rights Delegation, the Moroccan coalition for climate justice, the Moroccan committee of the No Hate Speech Movement and the Conference of Youth12 (COY12). The event is an educational and cultural gathering where 150 participants share and exchange their experience, addressing the challenges of young people in the Mediterranean region.

Campaign Partners

MDI Launches a Guide on Countering Hate Speech Online

In collaboration with Twitter and as part of the “Get the Trolls Out!” project, MDI launched a guide on how to respond to hate speech online. The guide contains numerous useful tips and is available in 4 languages.

Activities of the ‘No Hate Fighters’

The Hate Fighters Network, created in 2015, received an EYF grant for a series of activities (annual work plan) for 2016. The first activity in Nis, Serbia, in March 2016 was a training course for trainers to teach young people how to combat hate speech online through photography, graphics, hip hop dance and music and give them the means of taking action at local level in their communities and online. Check out the video report of the activities in Sofia, Bulgaria and Bari, Italy.

Training on “Social Justice on Social Media”

The international training course brought together 27 young people in Istanbul from 16 to 24 July to enhance their ability to address human rights issues on social media through human rights education and intercultural learning. The course was organised by the Istanbul Arel University Youth Work Research and Application Centre and supported by an activist from the Belgium campaign who presented the Wedia game. A picture report can be found online.

Upcoming Events

4th Co-ordination meeting of the Campaign

The campaign co-ordination meeting will bring together 65 campaign co-ordinators, online activists and campaign partners to exchange successful practices, identify new opportunities and plan future campaign activities for 2016 and 2017. The meeting is co-organised with the Albanian Ministry of Social Affairs and Youth with the support of the UNFPA Country office.

National Meeting of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance

The third meeting of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance on 8 September in Paris, will address the rise of Intolerance and Racism and how parliamentarians can respond. Ms Anne Brasseur, ambassador of the Council of Europe No Hate Speech Movement will attend and speak on the importance of taking action and joining the European campaign.

Parliamentarians to co-operate to tackle antigypsyism

On 6 September the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma will host a one-day seminar in Berlin to strengthen co-operation among political leaders and between parliamentarians to tackle antigypsyism by countering prejudice, discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes against Roma and Sinti and publicly oppose and condemn anti-Roma rhetoric and racist violence. For more information see the website.

Blog posts

Roma Genocide Remembrance: Do we know how to resist?

A blog by Atanas Ivanov from Bulgaria on why it is important to respond to hate speech and discrimination following his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in August.

Hate Speech is not a laughing matter

A blog from the Azerbaijani campaign on using caricaturists to help raise awareness of the impact of hate for the 22 July ‘Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime’.

No Hate in Turkey project report

The Association of Renaissance Institute organised a pilot activity “Promoting the NO HATE Spirit in Turkey” in Ankara between 25 and 31 May 2016 supported by the EYF. Read their Blog report

Word of the Day
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.

“Hate is the source of all humanity’s problems, and problems should be addressed at the source.”
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