Council of Europe No Hate Speech Movement Campaign

The Internet allows users to create, publish, distribute and use media content in a multitude of ways, creating a space for creativity, communication and participation. The development of social networks has increased the level of youth participation ranging from keeping in touch with fellows and developing new contacts to sharing content and self-expression. Online space, as well as offline space, presents new opportunities, challenges and threats to young people. In both, young people may be the victims and agents of abuse and human rights violations.

Hate speech online has become in recent years a major form of Human Rights abuse, with very serious consequences. Hate speech, as defined by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of a Europe, covers all forms of expression which spread, incident, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including: intolerance expressed by aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, migrants and people of immigrant origin. For the purpose of the campaign, other forms pf discrimination and prejudice, such as antigypsysm, christianophobia, islamophobia, misogyny, sexism and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity fall clearly within the scope of hate speech.

Young People Combating Hate Speech Online is a project being run by the Council of Europe's youth sector between 2012 and 2014. It aims to combat racism and discrimination in the online expression of hate speech by equipping young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognize and act against such human violations.

A comparing is needed to raise awareness, change attitudes and mobilize people to act together to uphold human rights online. As a comparing - No Hate Speech Movement - is open to anyone aged 13 or over to join online. It is based on online communities of young people motivated to discuss and act against hate speech online. The campaign was launched on 22 March 2013 and will run through to the end of 2014.The campaign is based on European platform and a program of activities run by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe- under the responsibility of the Joint Council on Youth.

The national campaigns are implemented with the active involvement of non-governmental and governmental representatives in the field of youth, in the spirit of co-management. National campaign committees are currently being set up in all of the Council of Europe's 47 member states. In the Republic of Belarus this compain is coordinated by the Ministry of Education representative - Sergey Rukhan (VK and Facebook groups).

The campaign is designed to be everyone's campaign: any organisation or individual should feel free to join and to take action whether alone or together with others.

You can watch official No Hate Speech Movement Campaign video following this link.