28 November from 10.30 to 12.30 - Strasbourg, Grande salle de l'Aubette, place Kléber  


How can the internet be used by young people as a space for learning and practicing democratic citizenship? What makes young people engage for human rights online and how does the internet facilitate online collaboration for human rights action?

No Hate Speech Movement, Europe

The Internet has enabled formidable developments for social interaction and participation. But it has also provided a new ground for expansion and dissemination of anti‐democratic ideas and content. The online forms of hate speech – spreading, inciting, promoting or justifying racial hatred, xenophobia, antisemitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance – have become a reason for worrying, notably because of the perceptions of normality of hate content and the impunity by those who commit such human rights abuses. The No Hate Speech Movement is a Europe wide campaign, devised by young people in the Council of Europe, to raise awareness of hate speech online, and to combat it. The campaign seeks to reduce the acceptance of hate speech online as "normal" and inevitable. The campaign is based on online action supported by offline activities, reflecting the continuum between online and offline engagement.

Website: http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/


Mr Sergio BELFOR, Vice-chairperson of the Advisory Council on Youth

Sergio Belfor was born in the Republic of Suriname and living in The Netherlands for the past 10 years. He is a 29- year-old youth and human rights activist with a broad international background, currently studying Public Administration in Rotterdam. At the age of 15 he became involved in several national youth organizations in South America and afterwards in international human rights movements in Europe.  Sergio served as advisor in the Anti-Discrimination Think Tank for the City of Rotterdam; he is a founder of the Dutch International Diversity and Human rights Awardshow, "Eenheid is Kracht" (Unity is Strength). Sergio represents United for intercultural Action in the Advisory Council on Youth.


Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the intitiative.

Mr Ahmad ALHENDAWI, Jordan, United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth

Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan is the first ever United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. He assumed office in February 2013. He previously worked as a Team Leader for the World Bank funded programme to the League of Arab States on Institutional Development to Strengthen Arab Policy and Participation. Prior to this, he served as the Youth Policy Advisor in the League of Arab States in Cairo and as an officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council. Past experience also includes serving as a Team Leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, a Youth Programme Associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and as an Emergency Programme Officer at the non-governmental organization Save the Children.

Mr Frédérick ANSART, France, Academy of Strasbourg

Academic delegate to the school life at Strasbourg Academy, Frédérick Ansart is responsible for leading and encouraging a dynamic high school life at the Academy of Strasbourg. This makes him a focal point for students. The fight against all forms of discrimination led him to work, especially on the issue of hate speech on social networks, with elected students of the Academy of Strasbourg.

Ms Iulia GHEORGHE, Romania, Club de la Presse Strasbourg Europe

Born in Romania in the same year as the fall of communism, Iulia has a degree in European Studies and Political Science. As part of the generation of "digital natives," her master's thesis deals with the relationship between Europeans and new media. Today, she works for the Press Club Strasbourg Europe, an organization that brings together journalists and communications professionals to create a sphere for discussion and an active public life.

Mr Jonathan HAYOUN, France, President of the Union of Jewish Students of France

Jonathan Hayoun has been the President of the Union of Jewish Students of France since 2011. He led a campaign against racism and anti-Semitism on the Internet through many legal actions against Google, iTunes and Twitter that are all resolved with the signing of an agreement. He now co-operates with these digital players in the fight against hatred on the internet. He was a founding member of the Collective of students and founded the audiovisual production company InProdWeTrust. He chairs the group of associations "Coexist" which is an intervention programme in schools to fight against prejudice.

Ms Ana LOPEZ, Spain, Blogger

Ana Laura López Carlassare is a Uruguayan/Spanish national. She has been working in the field of Human Rights training and education, activism, intolerance, hate crimes and hate speech monitoring and reporting for the last four years. Prior to working for Movement against Intolerance (a Spanish NGO), she worked for other associative projects in Barcelona and Malaga as social educator and social worker with children and young people at risk of social exclusion.

Rapporteur to the Plenary session

Ms Nawel RAFIK-ELMRINI, France, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg

Nawel Rafik-Elmrini is Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg in charge of International and European relations, town twinning and decentralized cooperation. She also serves as Strasbourg Urban Community Advisor and is Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. She is a lawyer by training and holds a Post-graduate degree in law and engineering of franchise and distribution and a Post-graduate diploma in international private law both from Robert Schumann University in Strasbourg.


Mr Rui GOMES, Head of division for Education and Training at the Youth Department of the Council of Europe


Mr Jérôme RICH

Your opinion

Does/Do the following initiative(s) increase significantly citizens' influence in the policy-making process and/or make democratic institutions more transparent, responsive and accountable? 

For the No hate Speech Movement:
% Голоса
73% 90
a. Yes
27% 34
b. No

Всего голосов: 124

Голосование отключено, поскольку опрос завершился 29.11.13 12:00.