Welcome to the No Hate Speech Movement
Campaign of Young People for Human Rights Online
The Internet has become a global space for creativity, communication and participation. Online, we can create, share and use media content in a variety of ways and with very little effort. This is even more the case on social networks, where we can upload, forward, comment or promote contents.
Internet users, and young people in particular, have a right to perceive their online interactions as benefitting from the freedoms of expression and information. Consequently they should expect what is communicated online to be uncensored. However, reality tells us that the online world is also a space where the values of human rights are often ignored or violated. Among others, hate speech online has become a major form of human rights abuse, with very serious consequences for people, both online and offline. Young people are directly concerned as victims, targets, active and passive agents. But hate speech affects all of society.
"Hate speech, as defined by the Council of Europe, covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, 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."
The whole project is a tribute to youth participation and co-management. It was born from a proposal of the youth representatives of the Advisory Council on Youth and was endorsed by the Joint Council on Youth, which brings together the members of the Advisory Council on Youth and the governmental youth representatives of the European Steering Committee on Youth. For more details on the project you can visit the Campaign coordination site.
Strategic dimensions of the Campaign
The campaign is not run to limit freedom of expression online. Neither is it against hatred online and nor about being nice to each other online.
The campaign is against the expressions of hate speech online in all its forms, including those that most affect young people, such as forms of cyber-bullying and cyber-hate. The campaign is based upon human rights education, youth participation and media literacy. It aims at reducing hate speech and at combating racism and discrimination in their online expression.
The goals of the campaign are to:
- reduce the levels of acceptance of online hate speech;
- raise awareness of hate speech online and the risks it poses for democracy and young people;
- involve young people in learning, living and acting for human rights, online and offline;
- promote media and Internet literacy;
- mobilise a network of online youth activists to defend human rights;
- support and show solidarity to people and groups targeted by hate speech online;
- advocate the development of and consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech;
- develop online youth participation and citizenship, including in Internet governance processes.
The campaign is initiated and run by the Council of Europe but it is based on national campaigns run in the member states of the Council of Europe.
National governments were invited to initiate the setting up of National Campaign Committees. National committees will operate their own national online Campaign platforms and online tools in the national language(s). The Council of Europe provides all tools that are described in the following section free of charge.
You can find the link to national campaigns here.
Online Campaign tools
This platform is open to the general public, with testimonials of young people of all ages, including self-made videos and photo messages. Here you can sign petitions, subscribe to the newsletter, and learn how to take action. Youth online activists moderate input and ensure respect for the campaign's values.
This is a user-generated online engine where registered users can link in any hate speech content from the Internet. Users can tag the posts, comment on them and discuss them. Moderators monitor and ensure the smooth running of the site, creating focus topics based on the main interests of the online community.
In this forum activists and members of the Movement discuss issues arising from the Hate Speech Watch - the perfect place for online activists!
This tool provides knowledge and information about the campaign and gives concrete pratical and methodological support in online campaigning - useful for individuals and organisations interested in taking the campaign into their own hands.
Combating hate speech online through human rights education. The Council of Europe has developed Bookmarks, a campaign pack for secondary schools to support teachers and educators in addressing online hate speech with students and to involve them in the campaign. It is available in English and other languages. National and regional training courses, based on Bookmarks, are being organised to develop the competences of teachers and facilitators of non-formal education to tackle the issues of the campaign. Other Council of Europe educational resources, such as Compass, Compasito and the All Different-All Equal Education Pack, are also relevant for this campaign.
Main European Campaign Events in 2014
Meeting of the group of evaluators
March (to be set)
Meeting of national coordinators
April/May (to be set)
European Youth Event, Strasbourg
European Action Days*
EURODig Conference, Berlin
Conference on multiple discrimination, Strasbourg
|Youth Meeting, Azerbaïjan||01-05 October|
*European Action Days
Throughout the Campaign several Action Days will focus on different aspects of and targets of hate speech. Each Action Day will have a special programme and online activities coordinated by international youth organisations. Dates and topics of the action days will be communicated through the Campaign websites.
For further details or questions you can contact the Campaign secretariat by email to email@example.com
Follow our map to find and contact national coordinators of the National Campaign Committees all around Europe, which gather usually governmental and non-governmental actors in order to coordinate the campaign on local level.
Find out more about our activists on the European level of the No Hate Speech Movement. You can learn what does our activits motivate! What organisations are they active in and what they think about hate speech.
Find out more why it is important to take action against hate speech! What is the link to our democracies? What could be your personal motivation to act? The presentation was produced by Gavan Titley from the National University of Ireland.