2 May, 20140 Comments 43 Reports
The Hate Speech Watch is focusing to Homphobia and Transphobia in May. We invite you to report online hate speech against people with different gender identity and sexual orientation. The Internet is full of hatred and incitement towards LGBTQI people and it actually affects freedom of expression of all of us. A survey conducted by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in 2012 shows that homophobic and transphobic hate speech is one of the most frequently encountered form of hate speech online. Addressing such hate speech is a cause for action for all as it reaches everybody. For this reason protecting freedom of expression including of people with different sexual orientation and gender identity is of utmost importance for all of us who considers Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law the basic principles of the peaceful life of human kind.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe recommendations CM/Rec(2010)5 on combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and specially the Recommendation R(97)20 on “hate speech” provides a strong basis for action and call for measures to combat ‘inciting, spreading or promoting hatred or other forms of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, including in the media and on the Internet’. However, these two legal instruments also remind us that all measures should respect the fundamental right to freedom of expression in accordance with Article 10 of the Convention and the case law of the Court. Freedom of expression argue that the most effective response to hate speech is more speech, and states have a role in ensuring that all voices in a debate can be heard - including the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, without fearing violence. Yet at the same time, states should clearly prohibit the advocacy of homophobic or transphobic hatred that constitutes incitement to imminent hostility, discrimination or violence.For further information visit the Facebook page of IDAHOBIT.