No Hate Speech Campaign
"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 No Hate Speech Campaign is part of the project Young People Combating Hate Speech Online running between 2012 and 2015, now prolonged to the end of 2017. The project stands for equality, dignity, human rights and diversity.
It is a project against hate speech, racism and discrimination in their online expression. The working methods are awareness raising, advocacy, and it also seeks for creative solutions. It is a project for action and intervention.
The project equips young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognize and act against such human rights violations.
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.
Objectives of the campaign
- To raise awareness about hate speech online and its risks for democracy and for individual young people, and promoting 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 the development and consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech;
- To develop youth participation and citizenship online;
SCI has been involved in the No Hate Speech Campaign from the start. SCI activists have taken part in trainings, conferences and European Action days orgaised by the No Hate Speech Movement and have developed and implemented their own national and international activities (from street actions to international seminars, from Study Sessions at the European Youth Centres to online events) to feed in to and strengthen the campaign. The No Hate Speech Campaign is widely known throughout the SCI network, with activities in support being held all over the world, reaching a large number of young people.
"No Hate Speech Training" organised by SCI Sri Lanka, SCI's first No Hate Speech training in Asia. Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2-6 December 2015.
"No Hate Speech Seminar" organized by SCI Germany in cooperation with SAVA Working group and Media Centre Pankow, in Berlin, Germany, which launched the "No More Hate Speech" online platform for reporting hate speech online, 20-29 October 2015
Organised European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crimes - Street Action, Antwerp, Belgium, 22 July 2015
Participated in the "Evaluation and Follow Up Campaign conference : the end of the Beginning..?", Brussels, Belgium, 27-30 May 2015
Participated in the "Tolerance Trumps Hate" Seminar, Brussels, Belgium, 7-8 May 2015
Participated in the "Hate speech and religious intolerance: Educational responses to Islamophobia in Europe" Seminar, Budapes, Hungary 16-20 September 2014
Participated at the Online Acivists Training and No Hate Speech Movement Conference 2013, European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France, October 2013.
Organised EYC Study Session: "Occupy Peace Online" European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France, 27 January – 3 February 2013.
Organised the seminar "Constructive responses to hate speech online on roma" developed by SCI Germany in cooperation with SCI Romania, which took place in Bucharest, Romania 14-16 December 2012.