10 October, 2014

Newsletter n°29, October, 2014

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Luigi Ausino
10 am

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The beginning of the autumn has been a time filled with dialogue. From the workshops and activities in Gabala, to the Parliamentary Assembly’s debate on Counteracting manifestations of Neo-Nazism, via the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw and the Living Library, many hours have been spent in exchanging ideas, life experiences, good practices and visions of the future at many different levels.

Lina Toumi’s blog on the NHSM platform is particularly pertinent – to quote her first and last sentences:

“I think one of the causes of hate speech lies in the fact that people do not speak to each other.”

“I think getting out of your comfort zone and confronting your views with the person who have prejudice against is a difficult but necessary step to reach peace.”

We need dialogue to reach understanding, the first step towards tolerance and away from hate. We have made some great strides in recent weeks, and the campaign goes from strength to strength – thanks to all who have invested so much of their time and energy.


250 participants representing 47 countries took part in the biggest campaign event of the year – the No Hate Speech Movement Forum, from 2-5 October in Gabala, Azerbaijan!

During those three days, the national campaign co-ordinators, activists and other campaign supporters gathered to discuss several topics related to human rights online and hate speech.

The first part of the Forum consisted in presenting the state of play of the campaign and to share the achievements in each national campaign committee. A round table on hate speech and discrimination also took place, as well as different workshops on the theme of sharing and learning from the experiences of the other participants, and on the theme of planning the future of the movement. Representatives of 40 countries also had the opportunity to present their campaigns, through an exhibition of their national materials.

The forum participants agreed on a Message to the Council of Europe that summarises the expectations and demands on the organisation and the member states regarding the campaign and its follow-up. The Message will be shared with everyone in the next Flash News.

In her message to the participants, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy of the Council of Europe acknowledged their “commitment and action for human rights everywhere” as an important signal that the combat for human rights and democracy for all is not over: “Democratic security needs to be rooted in a culture of human rights, and this has to include cyberspace too.”

We would like to thank the Azerbaijani Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Youth and Sport for their support to the forum and NAYORA for their tireless efforts to organize a memorable activity. Thank you also to all participants for having contributed to this great event!

All the pictures and videos can be seen on http://nohateforum.az/#, as well as the No Hate Speech Movement Azerbaijan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/NoHateSpeechMovementAzerbaijan?fref=ts. You can also have a look at this article on the Forum, writtenby Marko Begovic from Montenegro.


On September 30 and October 1 the “Living Library” took place in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg! As it ran alongside the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) more than 70 parliamentarians and other visitors were able to “borrow” one of our human books and discover their stories of how they faced discrimination and hate in their lives.

Inter alia refugees and Roma talked about their experiences but also our National Campaign Co-ordinator from Norway, Eirik Rise was one of the “books”.

Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Olemic Thommessen, President of the Norwegian Parliament and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe inaugurated the event and highlighted in their speeches again the importance of combatting hate speech online.

Before that the PACE had adopted the report of counteraction to manifestations of Neo-Nazism with an overwhelming majority and also recommended to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to declare 22 July as the European Day for victims of hate crime. Anne Brasseur and Olemic Thommessen had called for this already in the beginning of September during the European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments in Oslo as we reported in the last Newsletter. If you also want to support the idea of 22 July, sign our petition here and to gain more impressions of the “Living Library”, we welcome you to discover the report of France 3 or the podcast on the Council of Europe blog about the event!


The No Hate Speech Movement campaign was one of the Side Events during the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the OSCE in Warsaw! The panel of the round table “Combating hate speech online” included the campaign co-ordinators from Poland and Latvia, as well as several experts and activists for human rights to discuss the problems of hatred and discrimination on the Internet. Check out the video about the event here.


The winners of the photo competition are now known and can be seen at: http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/photo-competition. We congratulate all the young people who took part in this competition and sent us so many wonderful photos related to the European Action Day against Religious Intolerance and Islamophobia!


The upcoming European Action Day will focus on Fascism and Islamophobia and will take place on 9 November 2014. The theme of this Action Day was very much discussed during the Forum in Gabala. The team of online activists and volunteers together with the Online Community Manager will set up and define a series of activities and actions to be undertaken during this day. If you wish to share proposals and ideas for this European Action Day, please feel free to do so at: youth.nohatespeech@coe.int.

national campaigns


We welcome on board the Mexican campaign that was just launched last week! The campaign was presented during the last day of the No Hate Speech Movement in Gabala, Azerbaijan. It shows the expansion of the campaign outside Europe.



The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) officially launched the campaign on 24 September in Dublin! An Irish delegation also took part in the No Hate Speech Movement Forum in Azerbaijan and contributed with their knowledge and experiences to the Forum. Please follow them regularly on their Facebook page.



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social feeds

Educational programmes & campaigning as a dichotomy?Surely @nohate_speech is an educational campaign with best elements of both #nohateforum

People do not react to violence BECAUSE they don’t know how to react. #spreadlifeeducation #nohateforum #sendingmessages

@NVerhoeks: The #mexican #nohatespeech campaign introduced. Not even an ocean can stop the movement! #SINTAGS @nohate_speech @NoHateAz

Just after the earthquake shook up the Forum participants they used the time out for taking the group photos.Earthquake is a risky teambuilding exercise but it works well.

Jate affronts and attacks our equality of esteem and human dignity, values that are fundamental to all member states of the Council of Europe,” said Mr Thommessen. “We need to slow down hate, not help it on its way.”
PACE Assembly has given its strong backing to a proposal put forward by youth activists to declare 22 July – the anniversary of the terrorist attack in Oslo and at Utøya – as a “European Day for Victims of Hate Crime”. Find out more at http://bit.ly/YOfCdw #nohatespeech


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