Deadline to Apply: 
Sat, 31/05/2014
Event Date: 
Thu, 02/10/2014 - Sun, 05/10/2014
Working Language: 
English, Azerbaijani
Activity Organised by: 
No Hate Speech Movement
Location: 
Gabala, Azerbaijan

A Forum for the Youth Campaign

The No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) - youth campaign for human rights online - is a project being run by the Council of Europe’s youth sector between 2012 and 2015. It aims to combat racism and discrimination in the online expression of hate speech by equipping young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise and act against such human rights violations.

The campaign is coordinated by the Youth Department at the European level and is implemented at the national by non-governmental and governmental partners in 40 national campaigns implemented by national campaign committees. Partnerships with other European and international institutions secure synergies with other initiatives and amplify the outreach of the campaign in denouncing, educating about and mobilising young people and society against hate speech and other human rights abuse online.

The No Hate Speech Movement is a unique campaign in many respects. It is a European campaign constituted by national campaigns. It is an online campaign grounded on off-line activities. It is a campaign addressing very important dimensions of the lives of young people today and of universal human rights, including freedom of speech and the responsibility to not discriminate and spread hate. It is a campaign that is easy to join and support but whose objectives need to fit the specificities of each country. There is no doubt, however, that hate speech and human rights online represent truly important issues for all young people and societies in Europe and elsewhere.

The campaign was shaped through several consultation events, preparatory meetings with experts, youth workers and young people, hence assuring that it is not only a campaign for young people but, especially, a campaign by young people and with young people. Young people play indeed the most central role in the campaign by taking part in online and offline activities and in being its most important agents as online and offline activists, organisers, coordinators, peer educators and advocates for a better Internet.

The campaign is led by young people between13 and 30 years of age and is addressed to everyone.

The Forum of the campaign seeks to bring together the campaign youth activists at national and European in view of consulting and directly associating them to the running of the Europe campaign and, especially, to its evaluation and follow-up.

The Forum is hosted by the government of Azerbaijan in the framework of its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and is being organised in close cooperation with the National Assemble of Youth Organisations of Azerbaijan (NAYORA).

Aims, objectives and expected outcomes

The forum aims to bring together young people and other players active in the No Hate Speech Movement at national and European levels to share experiences, achievements and expectations, and to contribute to prepare the follow-up and consolidation of the Movement and its achievements at national and European level.

Objectives

- To support the networking of campaign activists to combat hate speech and promote human rights online
- To provide activists with opportunities to learn and share tools and experiences for campaigning
- To advocate for (or to associate the activists of the movement) for policy changes and the implementation of the NHSM objectives
- To associate and prepare the participants to the implementation of the campaign evaluation and follow-up at the national and European levels.
- To give recognition to the work of the campaign activists and other key players in the campaign and showcase achievements, innovations and creativity
- To review the relevance of combating hate speech in contemporary Europe, notably in relation to conflicts, minorities rights and gender.

Expected outcomes

- The forum should result in:
- A message/Statement to the Committee of Ministers and national authorities on the consolidation and follow-up of the movement (in the framework of promotion of - human rights, combating discrimination and advocating for a better Internet)
- Commitments of online media representatives and public authorities to take action to reduce acceptance of hate speech online
- Proposals to follow-up and consolidate the No Hate Speech Movement experiences, especially in youth and educational policies
- A showcase of successful actions and initiatives of young people and youth work for human rights online.

For more information, please see file attached.

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