18 June, 2014

Newsletter n°23, June, 2014

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Luigi Ausino
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Refugees deserve refuge, not hate


Synonyms for refuge include security, safety, asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold. Refugees who are fleeing a situation of danger (natural or man-made) and internally displaced persons (who are refugees who have not crossed a national frontier) need sanctuary. They have not left their countries, homes, possessions and, often, family members, behind out of choice, but because they are forced to do so to survive. Refugees find themselves in a highly vulnerable situation. In order to make good their escape from the danger they are facing in their home countries they often fall victim to the unscrupulous who gladly take their money and then send them on perilous journeys which they may not survive; or refugees may even fall into the hands of traffickers in human beings.

Those refugees who do arrive safely in our countries deserve to be treated with respect and dignity; they should not encounter hate, but be offered sanctuary and a haven to keep them safe. The 1951 Refugee Convention spells out that a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

Refugees have to move if they are to save their lives or preserve their freedom. They have no protection from their own state – indeed it is often their own government that is threatening to persecute them. If other countries do not let them in, and do not help them once they are in, then they may be condemning them to death – or to an intolerable life in the shadows, without sustenance and without rights. It is beyond understanding that one should seek refuge to escape persecution, torture or famine, only to be murdered by racists, targeted by hate speech or face humiliation on a daily basis

Let’s preserve them from persecution, and, in our countries, from hate.

Action Day 20 June:
Refugees deserve refuge, not hate.

We celebrate the World Refugee Day on 20 June in the No Hate Speech Movement. We honour the courage, strength and determination of people of all ages who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Every day refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons are forced to flee their home to what are unknown places for them, they are often the target of hate speech online and offline. We would like to invite all of you to act together on World Refugee Action Day on 20 June 2014. We are organizing this day in partnership with the following organisations: Voices of Young Refugees in Europe (VYRE) European Council of Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Make sure to check out the campaign platform and the coordination website for actions to partake in!

The No Hate Speech Movement at the 2nd Mediterranean University

The campaign was presented at the second Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship co-organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the National Observatory of Tunisia. The university was held in Hammamet, Tunisia. The participants prepared messages for the Action Day in support of refugees. More on the university.

national campaigns

United kingdom

The United Kingdom has funded a civil society group, Hate Crime Hub, to set up a national scheme in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement. The first young volunteers will be trained on 9 July 2014. You are also invited to check their reporting system through True Vision, which you can find here at www.report-it.org.uk.


Within a project called “Hate Fighters”, the national campaign has produced a song. Check out the Stop Hate Speech song here!

watch and blog

Firstly let’s start with what IDAHOT stands for. International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Do we need a special day for homophobia and transphobia? Well, largely around the globe homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism are not only socially or culturally unaccepted but are de facto persecuted and punishable with sentences up to life imprisonment (e.g. Uganda) or even with the death penalty (e.g. Iran). Blog Page


Extreme homophobic language aimed at Ireland

This blog post is an example of extreme homophobia SEE EXAMPLES BELOW A disgusting Irish homosexual who cannot stop publically proclaiming his love of male genitalia admixing with his faeces, has according to the Rothschild-owned newswire AP, “become a celebrated star With millions of fans” in the Jewish-bankster controlled trainwreck rapidly descending into a third-world jungle known as the Irish Republic.[…]

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This is the official Facebook page of Aleanca Kuq e Zi (Red-Black Alliance), a right-wing nationalist Albanian political party led by a former High Court judge (!).[…]

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22 July


This summer marks the third anniversary of the terrorist attack at Utøya, Norway. The No Hate Speech Campaign is working to establish 22 July as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime. Sign up here to join the petition! There will be a list of recommended actions on the home page of the campaign.

Bookmarks is now available in French, and is called “Connexions”! The Council of Europe launched a call for participants for a training course on combating hate speech online through human rights education, aimed at educators and teachers. The training course will be held from 15 to 19 October 2014 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The manual is also downloadable on the platform at this link. If you are interested in applying, you should fill out the online application form, available at http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms by 28 August 2014.


The Word in the News: Refuge

Refuge – a noun meaning shelter or safety or protection from danger. Synonyms include asylum, retreat, sanctuary and haven. A place where people are made to feel safe.

Report of the seminar on Responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech

In relation to the European Action Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a three day seminar took place in Budapest. You can see a collection of the main online media coverage of this event on Storify, including tweets, Facebook updates and live streaming.

Participate in the Survey of the European Youth Forum on Multiple Discrimination

The European Youth Forum launched a survey on multiple discrimination for young people aged 18 to 35. The survey aims at tackling every type of discrimination young Europeans are facing. It will help collecting information at both European and national levels about the different types of discrimination. The No Hate Speech Movement kindly invites you to fill in this survey available here!

social feed

Gomes Rui

Your freedom ends where someone’s injury begins. Ewa Habich, teacher. @nohate_speech @ngofund

NoHate Ireland

Take a look at how Lithuania’s coordinator Viktorija Bruzaite adapted the No Hate Speech Movement http://www.orangemagazine.eu/hate-speech-creative-attract-people/ … #nohatespeech

Merete Tschokert

How can we ensure an inclusive internet where Human Rights are respected? @coe #eurodig #nmss

No Hate Speech Movement

Refugees deserve refuge, not hate. Report online hate speech against refugees and asylum seekers to the Hate Speech Watch. Activists will select reports for action on the 20 June.

Gomes Rui

Young poles are more more willing to accept hate speech than adults. Says national opinion poll presented today by Bator Foundation.

Ruth Hennell

Yesterday at #NMSS new media summer school we discussed – Why is the internet sexist? Can #EuroDIG try to change this?


Both Twitter and Facebook are now providing financial support for advertisement of the No Hate Speech Campaign on their websites. We are very thankful! Please help us promote The No Hate Speech Facebook and Twitter pages.

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