2 December, 2013

No hate in our hearts: activists’ journey from Russia to Georgia

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Aileen Donegan
6 pm

2 December 2013

by Mariya Voronova,
National coordinator of NHSM in Russia


In the framework of international trans-Caucasus project “Crossing Borders” four young people have made a trip by car from Russia to Georgia. Project participants were representatives of non-governmental organisations – Wolfgang Siebert (“Generation Europe”, Vienna, Austria), Stanislav Tsymzhitov (Association of Indigenous Peoples of Khabarovsk Krai, Khabarovsk, Russia), Igor Novitsky and Elena Kulik (Scientific Advisory Center “Consciousness”, Krasnodar, Russia). They interacted with young people from different regions and presented No Hate Speech Movement.

From 23 October to 2 November 2013 the activists made the journey from the Krasnodar region to Tbilisi through Adygea, Stavropol, Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, Ingushetia and Chechnya. The main purpose of the travel was to pay attention to environmental issues, including the ecology of mind and speech both offline and online. During the trip, participants communicated with representatives of various youth NGOs, mass-media and local people. No Hate activists talked about the goals and objectives of the campaign, about the importance of reflecting discrimination on the Internet and the impact of hate speech on people’s lives.

The No Hate Speech Movement was presented during the international Go Green training, held in the framework of the “Youth in Action” in Tbilisi, Georgia. Russian activists met NGOs representatives and explained how the campaign for human rights on the Internet had been held in Russia and how one could join. Young people from 20 countries gladly responded to the call to hold the Council of Europe campaign and arranged a photo shoot with the symbol of Movement – the heart.

Russian travellers met up with the campaigners of No Hate Speech Movement in Georgia. National campaign coordinator Nora Gigineishvili spoke about the course of the campaign in Georgia, future plans and actions and presented souvenirs with No Hate symbols in the Georgian language.

The journey provided an opportunity to present No Hate Speech Movement to youth from different republics of the North Caucasus. Trip participants, as well as other activists of the campaign, sincerely hope that young people will support the action and join the Council of Europe campaign for human rights on the Internet. Together we can counter the spread of hate online!



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