18 September, 2014

Newsletter n°28, September, 2014

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Luigi Ausino
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All religions call upon their followers to practice peace and tolerance. How ironic it is, then, that religion is invoked in so many instances of violence and expressions of hatred towards those of a different religious faith.

Religious tolerance does not mean accepting another’s religion, but it does means refraining from discriminating against others who follow a different religious path. Tolerance is more difficult to maintain when you believe fundamentally that your religion is true and their religion is wrong.

“We see cynical political exploitations of religious differences – and rising islamophobia, antisemitism and other forms of hate speech.” Ban Ki Moon.

So let us all keep working for tolerance amongst people of different faiths.

Upcoming Event

EUROPEAN ACTION DAY AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA AND RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE – 21 SEPTEMBER 2014

On Sunday, it will be the European Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance. The No Hate Speech Movement team is recommending you to undertake a series of actions to celebrate this day. You can find those actions in the campaign platform (www.nohatespeechmovement.org). Spread the word and promote this day!

Photo Competition

The photo competition is now over! Thank you to all of you who took part in it. We received more than a hundred photos and now, we will have the difficult task of choosing the winners! The names of the winners will be published on Sunday 21 September, on the day against islamophobia and religious intolerance.

PACE PRESIDENT AND NORWEGIAN SPEAKER BACK PLAN FOR A EUROPEAN DAY TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF HATE CRIME

On the eve of the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament in Oslo on 11-12 September, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Olemic Thommessen President of the Storting (Norwegian parliament), called for 22 July to be named as European Day to remember the victims of hate crime. This is one of the campaigning points of our movement since July 2013 and the support of the two presidents is precious.

Three years after the massacre at Utøya and the bombing in Oslo, they also highlighted the “No Hate Parliamentary Alliance”, which will soon be launched by PACE and reiterated their full support of the No Hate Speech Movement.

They called on all parliaments to promote making 22 July a day of remembrance for victims of hate crime and raise awareness about hate crime and its consequences for society.

You can read the full press release here.

‘LIVING LIBRARY’

A “Living Library , entitled “No Hate…No Nazi…!” will be organised during the next session of the PACE on September 30 and October 1. As the aim is to raise awareness amongst parliamentarians and staff to the question of online hate speech and the question of neo-Nazism, the project will follow a debate which takes place on a report on “Counteraction to manifestations of neo-Nazism”.

Different people who have experienced hate speech and discrimination will tell their stories as “books”, and include a Ukrainian refugee, Eirik Rise, the Norwegian National Campaign Co-ordinator as well as an ex neo-Nazi.

FORUM OF THE NO HATE SPEECH MOVEMENT IN GABALA, AZERBAIJAN (2-5 October)

The Forum of the No Hate Speech Movement will take place in Gabala, Azerbaijan, from 2 to 5 October. This event will gather 250 participants from every member state of the Council of Europe to share experiences and to find solutions to raise awareness against hate speech and to counteract it. Some parts of the event will be also live-streamed, check the campaign platform for more information about it!

NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA

The campaign was launched on 22 August in Banja Luka! During the day, several activities took place, involving workshops about hate speech and a press conference where sixty young people participated. You can watch the videos that were presented during this day, where you can see popular athletes, artists and journalists saying why they don’t hate and how they react to hate speech targeted at them. These videos are currently being broadcast at the Radio-television of the Republic of Srpska.

The campaign committee of Republic of Srpska is also giving support to the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to establish a Committee, and to organise a joint conference in cooperation with the Commission for Coordination of Youth issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA”

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue, as part of the National Campaign Committee, with technical support from the OSCE mission in Skopje and financial support from the French Embassy, is implementing the third annual “School against Hate Speech”, which is national training for multipliers focused on students, youth activists and workers who are willing to develop their competencies in dealing with hate speech.

IRELAND

The formal launch of the campaign will take place on 24 September!!!!

GREECE

The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of the EEA & Norway Grants NGO Programme “We are all Citizens”. The Programme aims to strengthen civil society and enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. During the upcoming autumn, there will be a roadshow campaign around Greece, in order to inform Greek NGOs about the Programme. The organisers will collect photos of the six cities they will be visiting, with landscapes and monuments of each city where NGO representatives and volunteers will be photographed holding the No Hate Speech banner. After this roadshow, there will be a series of photos available representing the No Hate Speech photo album from all around Greece. More information at this link.

PHOTO GALLERY

WORD OF THE MOMENT: Religious Tolerance

Religious Tolerance is used to refer to the practice of acknowledging and supporting that individuals have the right and freedom to their own beliefs and related legitimate practices without oppression or discrimination. It is acknowledging and allowing religious diversity as a necessary component of religious tolerance.

social feeds

Together with the Speaker of @Stortinget, I support the setting up of 22 July as European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime! @nohate_speech

Delighted at the support we received yesterday from @PACE_News @PACE_President http://t.co/RoDbdHiOnV

Strasbourg, 10.09.2014 – On the eve of the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament in Oslo on 11-12 September, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting, made joint statement to support the initiative of the No Hate Speech Movement to make 22nd July a day of rememberance of the victims of hate crime.

JK Rowling responds to anti-gay Twitter troll http://metro.co.uk/2014/09/07/how-jk-rowling-took-on-anti-gay-twitter-trolls-and-won-4860018/ … via @MetroUK #nohatespeech

#nohatespeech #lovcen #NeMrznji #regionalnibus pic.twitter.com/1enrCVuFRP

   

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