25 June, 2017

No Hate speech = less hate crimes!

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22july_logo_300Action Day for Victims of Hate Crimes on 22nd July 2017

Victims of hate crime do not constitute an identity group as such, but they have their human rights violated particularly because of their (perceived) identity. 22 July is in this sense a tragic symbol for the experience of many in today’s Europe. The attacks on 22 July 2011 on Utøya island and in Oslo, were motivated by extreme right ideology and racial hatred, the perpetrator confessing to view all the victims as traitors for supporting immigration and multiculturalism. It claimed the lives of 77 people, including 66 young people a youth camp on Utøya Island, Norway.

The No Hate Speech Movement has established this day as a common European initiative* to keep important human rights issues to the attention of the general public. This internationally led remembrance initiative provides recognition to the suffering of the victims, giving basis for justice measures such as compensation and trial of perpetrators. The day also serves as a confirmation that such hate crimes are officially condemned and shows the commitment of states, organisations and individuals to prevent them from happening again by addressing the underlying causes and consequences. When remembering and commemorating victims of hate crimes, who suffered or died in hate crimes the Movement is aiming to:

  • advocate for bringing justice to the victims of hate crimes,
  • create the space for victims and targets of human rights violations to share their experience;
  • ensure education to prevent such events from happening again (including combatting the causes and the consequences of such human rights violations);
  • express solidarity and stand with the victims,
  • remember and recognise the suffering of all hate crime victims, in Norway and elsewhere;
  • raise public awareness as to the existence of hate crime, to its causes (racism, discrimination and intolerance; along with other connected phenomena such as hate speech)
  • raise awareness as to our obligations to ensure a society where everyone’s human dignity is respected, where human rights can be equally exercised and where everyone can fully achieve their human potential;

In 2017 the Action Day will

  • raise awareness about the direct link between hate speech and hate crimes among young people and the general public,
  • provide arguments for addressing hate speech and hate crime in the current Internet policy context 
  • emphasize the responsibility of all different stakeholders (from the individual to the organisational) in relation to hate speech and hate crimes,

Join the Action Day, check the Call for action on the 22nd July and the Recommended Actions

You can find the further details on one of the visibility actions in the Call for Posters for 22 July 2017.


*The No Hate Speech Movement initiated in 2013 a Petition to establish on 22 July the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime. The petition was addressed to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. The petition has collected more than 6.000 online signatures on the official website and was available in 9 languages.

The Support Group of Families of Victims of 22 July and the AUF Norway were contacted and gave their support to the initiative. These two organisations remain permanent partners in the commemorations of the day.

In September 2014, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ms Anne Brasseur, the President of the Norwegian Parliament, Mr Thommesen, and the Chair of the Support Group, Mr. Blattmann, made a public statement in support of the initiative. 

In September 2014, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe unanimously adopted the resolution 2052 (2014) “Counteraction to manifestations of neo-nazism and right wing extremism” in which the Assembly called upon the Committee of Ministers to declare 22 July as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime.



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