8 December, 2014

Newsletter n°33, December, 2014

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Luigi Ausino
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According to Wikipedia, “The true forerunner of human rights discourse was the concept of natural rights which appeared as part of the medieval natural law tradition. From this foundation, the modern human rights arguments emerged over the latter half of the twentieth century, possibly as a reaction to slavery, torture, genocide, and war crimes, as a realisation of inherent human vulnerability and as being a precondition for the possibility of a just society.”

And yet, nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, we still see slavery, torture, mass killings and war crimes. If we want to live in a just world, then we must always be vigilant and keep the flame of human rights burning. Thus, on the internet and on your dealing on the internet – always keep the human rights button on!! Never hesitate to report hate speech (which you can do on our site, via the Hate Speech Watch) and always defend the vulnerable and those targeted by hate speech. We can and should fight the protagonists of hate speech – our silence is one of their best weapons.


On 10 December 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Henceforth, December 10th became International Human Rights Day. For this special occasion the No Hate Speech Movement is organising an Action Week of Human Rights next week with the European Action Day for Human Rights Online on Wednesday, 10 December as the highlight.

As was discussed during the NCC meeting (see below), some National Campaigns are designing postcards for the action week to be revealed on the 10th. The cards will be focused on the theme of Human Rights and the week’s motto “Human Rights: Always ON, Never OFF” but will also reflect the wintery holiday spirit that accompanies this time of year.

The winners of the Campaign’s Photo Competition will be invited to a special ceremony where PACE’s General Rapporteur against Racism and Intolerance, Maria Giannakaki, will officially open the exhibition of the No Hate Speech Movement Photo Competition Winners and present the prizes to the winning photographers.

Stay tuned and keep checking back on the Campaign platform where you can expect many interesting actions to be detailed very soon!


The second meeting of the National Campaign Coordinators took place on 10-11 November in Warsaw, Poland. On Sunday 9 November, many of the NCCs attended the closing ceremony of “Zone of Inter@ction”, the Polish Congress of Activists which took place from 7-9 November and brought together 200 Polish Activists and Coalition members to learn from one another,develop skills, make new contacts and reinforce cooperation between activists.

The meeting of the NCCs itself started on Monday morning. They discussed many issues, such as putting together a new general survey which will be available soon as well as the future of the National Campaigns after the closing of the European Campaign in March 2015.


The No Hate Speech Movement’s international video competition was launched last month on 7 November! In the first stage of the competition, lasting until 10 December, the National Campaigns will be hosting preliminary national competitions, the winners of which will be announced on Human Rights Day. The participants are asked to make a video reflecting the work of the Campaign as well as the issue of Human Rights, and – in order to transcend the language barrier – not to speak or have written text in the video. After the 10th, the second phase of the competition will commence, that is the European competition between the winners of the national competitions, for which the European winners will be chosen in part by public voting (meaning you can participate!), and by a panel of judges with a variety of competences to bring to the table.



The Italian National Campaign was formally launched on 11 November 2014. Check out their site here , where you can find a National Campaign video as well as information, advice (in Italian, of course!) and links to various social media. The Campaign already received some media attention from RAI TV and Radio, as well as online!


A Moroccan campaign was launched as of Saturday 29 November in Marrakesh within the framework of the second World Forum on Human Rights. The campaign volunteers released a striking video beforehand, serving as a trailer for their new campaign (you can watch it here). They also have a Facebook page with pictures from the event, which you can visit here. It is always exciting to see the campaign spread, and even more so beyond European borders! The Moroccan campaign was initiated by 4 volunteers active in the Youth Department’s project on Democratic Youth Participation which focuses on Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

WORD OF THE MOMENT: Human rights

Human rights are moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law. They are commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being,” and which are “inherent in all human beings”, regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status. (Source: Wikipedia)


social feeds

Discrimination: Punishing one’s own citizens http://factsonturkey.org/13541 #AntiSemitism #HateSpeech #AKParty @berldedeoglu

From today, 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the United Nations launched the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. It is a time to galv…anize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. For details visit: http://goo.gl/gjYyaJ The Hate Speech Movement joins this initiative and invite all followers to participate, express solidarity and report online hate speech against women to the Hate Speech Watch. Read details here:


Conclusions of EJN meeting in Beirut. Journalists working together can beat hate-mongers in Middle-East #hatespeech http://goo.gl/IVfwEk

An honour to be invited to speak about home-school relationship in preventing #hatespeech at the EPA conference in Bucharest. @TheEWCorg

Criminal offense + bias motivation (racism, antisemitism, xenophobia) = hate crime #hatespeech @nohate_speech

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