The No Hate Speech Movement - Online youth campaign
Hate speech is threatening our democracies. To tackle hate speech, it is vital for people to campaign, to act together to uphold human rights online, to raise awareness, change attitudes and mobilise communities. Campaigning is a way of bringing people together, united by common goals and values. The Council of Europe has a proud tradition of running youth campaigns, notably its All Different – All Equal campaign. The No Hate Speech Movement will be open to everyone online. Young people can join from the age of 13. It will be based on online communities of young people motivated to discuss and act against hate speech online. The campaign will be launched on 21 March 2013 and will run through to April 2014. National campaigns may start earlier and continue to run after April 2014.
EUJS in the No Hate Speech Campaign
EUJS decided to support this campaign throught its annual programming as well as encouraging its member unions to take an active role in the National Committees Campaign.
We believe that the spread of antisemitism, racism and other form of hatred via the Internet can be dangerous and has a direct impact on people's lifes. In supporting the No Hate Speech Campaign EUJS continue its educational work in sensibilizing youth on these issues.
A Youth campaign
The campaign has been shaped through several consultations with young people and youth representatives, ensuring it is a campaign by andwith young people. Young people aged between 13 and 30 will play the lead role in the campaign by taking part in online and offline activities and in being its most important advocates. It is addressed to everyone.
A campaign for human rights based on freedom of expression
The campaign is not designed to limit freedom of expression online. Neither is it about everyone being nice to each other online. The campaign is against hate speech online in all its forms, including those that most affect young people, such as cyber-bullying and cyber-hate. The campaign is based upon human rights education, youth participation and media literacy.
A Multi-Faceted Campaign
The goals of the campaign are:
To raise awareness about hate speech online and its risks for democracy and for individual young people
To promote media and Internet literacy
To support young people in standing up for human rights, online and offline
To reduce the levels of acceptance of online hate speech
To mobilise, train and network online youth activists for human rights
To map hate speech online and develop tools for constructive responses
To support and show solidarity to people and groups targeted by hate speech online
To advocate for consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech
To develop youth participation and citizenship online
Although based online, the campaign will also have an important offline dimension, with seminars, youth events and festivals. Local and linguistic differences are crucial, so the online campaign has been designed to allow for national, cultural and linguistic diversity. The campaign will highlight the importance of involving school communities as well as non-formal education and youth work.