The Power of Words: Human Rights Online

9 December, 2013
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December 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

THE POWER OF WORDS: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY:  This year on December 10 we will be celebrating 65th International Human Rights Day, the remarkable day when in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was the first time in the history of humanity when the real value and importance of human rights were globally recognized while setting “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction”.

Rarely would we frame the injustices in our countries within the context of violations of human rights. The truth is, that there is a connection between poverty, starvation, migration, lack of employment and education, lack of proper living standards, abuse of speech, erosion of privacy, arbitrariness and human rights!The celebration of this memorable day should remind us, once again, the positive power of the words expressed in the Declaration for every single citizen of the world, no matter what the race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or social origin, property, birth or other status of that person is, and the negative power of words that may result in harm, isolation, degrading treatment and violence, for us to STAND and FIGHT against violation and for prevention and protection of rights enshrined in the Declaration!On this occasion the Movement will aim to collect new reports on human rights violations that are connected with hate speech online to learn about all the possible violations of human rights that happen both in online and offline dimensions. We invite you to find new cases of abuse of speech online and report it in the Hate Speech Watch. We will choose three reports for which appropriate actions will be taken for the content to be deleted, for the rights to be protected and for the prevention of future acts of human rights violations from happening.Join the European Action Day of the No Hate Speech Movement for Human Rights Online on December 10 and speak to the world; Report Hate Speech and defend human rights both in online and offline atmospheres!


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