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nhsmforumThe most important gathering of activists of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign takes place in Gabala, Azerbaijan on 1-5 October 2014.

250 online activists, national coordinators, bloggers and human rights defenders gather in Gabala, Azerbaijan to strenghten the campaign for human rights, the No Hate Speech Movement.

The Forum of the Movement is an activity of the Azerbaijani chairmenship of the Council of Europe and organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan and the National Assembly of Youth Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (NAYORA).
The forum should result in a road map for the next six months of the campaign and for its follow-up in the member states.
The participants will share achievements and challenges relating to human rights and hate online and offline, including gender-based hapeech, hate speech in armed conflicts and Internet safety.
A message of the forum will be issued on the closing session and will be presented to the Committee of Ministers and the Joint Council on Youth.
Follow the programme and works of the Forum at www.nohateforum.az

Draft programme of the Forum >>>

Read the call of the Secretary General of the CoE "Say No to Hate" >>>

19/09/2014 -

No Hate Ninjas Poster Exhibition

No Hate Ninjas photosThe No Hate Ninjas Poster Exhibition was launched on 19 September at the European Youth Centre Budapest.

Find out more about the No Hate Ninja Project here: http://nohateninja.tumblr.com/

See all the photos of the exhibition  >>>


Seminar "Educational Responses to Islamophobia and Intolerance against Muslims in Europe"

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From the 17 to the 19th September, in the European Youth Centre Budapest will take place the seminar "Educational responses to intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in Europe". The seminar, in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign, aims to explore and understand the dimensions Islamophobia and its expression through online hate speech and explore the role of education in combating it and promoting religious tolerance and understanding.

You will be able to follow the livestream of various seminar's session through our youtube channel >> http://bit.ly/1qU26Qq
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Tomorrow the livestreaming will start with the official opening of the seminar (9.15 CET) and it will continue with a session focused on understanding Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims (11.30 CET).
In the afternoon it will be livestreamed the institutional responses to Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims by ODIHR and by the Council of Europe and the No Hate Speech Movement (16.30 CET).

You will be able to comment the sessions and ask questions through the hashtags #nohatespeech and #islamophobia on facebook and twitter!

  • Programme of the livestream >>> 

  • Programme of the seminar >>>


Stop discrimination against young people! - Survey on Multiple Discrimination and Young People!

stopThe European Youth Forum launched this survey to tackle all forms of discrimination that young Europeans experience and so, in order to develop relevant policies and plan more consistent advocacy actions to lobby against discrimination.

The survey is looking for responses from anyone aged between 18 and 35 years living in one of the Countries of the Council of Europe.

Take part in the survey! You can access it here >>>

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watch the main programme sessions !  - “Seminar Young People’s responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech”

The seminar was organised in cooperation with the Council of Europe Equality Division (SOGI Unit) and the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organisation (IGLYO) from the 15 to 17 May in the EYCB.
It happened in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement, as it was organising a European Action Day on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17th May 2014. This is a day to challenge all expressions of homopobic ideas and to promote the protection of Human Rights for LGBTQI people all around Europe.

Watch the main programme sessions of the seminar which were broadcasted live through a live stream channel of the Council of Europe at >>>
For more information on seminar’s programme >>>
About the No Hate Speech Movement >> >

Youth Peace camp 2014 - call for applications

YPC15-23 June 2014 (travel days included)
European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France

The Youth Peace Camps were initiated by the Council of Europe in 2004, in cooperation with Europa Park in Rust, Germany, to bring together young people from conflict regions and to support them in initiating dialogue and cooperation.
This project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contributes to living together in dignity and dialogue and brings in the perspective that youth work and youth policy can bring to peace-building processes in Europe, especially through its preventive and educational nature.
Please read the call for all the necessary information on the course.

Applicants must apply online.

Deadline for this course is over.
Presentation of the course  >>>

Le label de qualité du Conseil de l'Europe pour les Centres de la jeunesse -Revised FRENCH Edition of the Quality Label brochure

The Youth Department has produced the revised French version of the brochure “The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres”. The brochure presents the set of criteria and the procedure for youth centres that aim at acquiring the Quality Label.

Download the brochure in pdf  >>>
For more information on the project >>>

European Action Day for Human Rights Online - 10 December

NHSMOn the occassion of European Action Day for Human Rights the Hungarian campaign committee of the No Hate Speech Movement organised a one-day meeting in the EYCB for organisations and experts fighting against hate speech.
The aim of the event was among others common thinking, initiating cooperation and planning ahead for 2014.

Video call for the European Action Day for Human Rights Online >>>
Follow the Campaign on Facebook >>>

Photos on Facebook >>>

Conference on "Professional Cooperation for Effective Helping Victims of Domestic Violence"

Photo28 November 2013 - Co-organised by the NANE Women's Rights Association and the PATENT Association this conference has brought together some 100 participants: professionals working with victims of domestic violence and their children, decision-makers whose work is related to domestic violence as well as representatives of the press.
The keynote speech of the conference has been held by dr. Albin Dearing, Programme Manager Research - Criminal Law and Criminal Justice of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency.

Follow the event on Facebook >>>

Photos on Facebook >>>
NANE Women's Rights Association on Facebook >>>

Training Course on Management and Development of Roma Youth Organisations

RYAP17-23 November 2013 - Within the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe is running this training course with the aim of strengthening the capacity and sustainability of Roma youth organisations in representing and voicing the concerns and needs of Roma young people and in working with Roma young people.

More about the Roma Youth Action Plan: http://enter.coe.int/roma

Photos on Facebook >>>

Secretary General about hate speech in the Belgrade Conference

"The protection of freedom of expression and the battle against hate speech are part of the same fight" - emphasized Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his speech given in the International Conference on Media "Freedom of expression and democracy in the digital age - opportunities, rights, responsibilities" held in Belgrade, Serbia.

With the participation of ministers of Council of Europe member states the question of ways for improving the protection of the freedom of expression in Europe was discussed.

Watch part of the Secretary General's speech >>>

"Peace building Through Gender Lens" - Meeting of the Youth Peace Ambessadors on Gender and Peace

ypaOrganised by Youth Peace Ambassadors Network in co-operation with the Youth Department of the CoE is an integral part of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project initiated and coordinated by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

The meeting aims to bring together active young people from different parts of Europe to explore gender based violence and discrimination and how to address it in conflict transformation and peace building activities.

Photos on Facebook >>>

List of participants >>>


"We participate, therefore we are" - study session by AFRICAN DIASPORA YOUTH LIVING IN EUROPE (ADYNE)

The AFRICAN DIASPORA YOUTH LIVING IN EUROPE (ADYNE) in co-operation with the European Youth Centre Budapest organizes a study session between 20-23 October 2013 in Budapest.

African Diaspora Youth is a minority which suffers exclusion and discrimination, thus ADYNE works to empower them on ways how to participate and to support the role of youth work and youth NGOs in addressing the exclusion and marginalization of young people and in promoting their access to rights.

The study session aims to increase the capacity of the organization to advocate for youth participation in order to ensure access to social rights. Networking, advocacy and lobby are three interconnected and complementary means through which the organization plans to have a greater impact on the policy making process.

Photos on Facebook >>>


“Navigate out of Web of Violence – Fighting Gender based violence on-line” - study session by Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDNEE)

This is a study session of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDNEE) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

The study session will be hosted by the European Youth Centre Budapest from 20 until 27 October 2013 and is dedicated to the topic of Gender-based Violence online. CDN and its Member organisations, together with Gender working group are for years raising awareness on problems of gender inequality, trying to support learning, capacity raising and tools development of all interested young people, activists, youth organizations in Eastern Europe and wider.

With this project CDN aims
• to explore what Gender based violence online is, in what form it appears daily,
• to learn about online initiatives and offline actions that are fighting GBV with creative methods and inclusive tools,
• to raise awareness on NO HATE SPEECH campaign and support its efforts and
• plan actions and develop useful ways for effective and ineffective follow up.

Photos on Facebook >>>

International Youth Debates - 14-19 October 2013 - Goethe Institute Budapest

International Youth Debates is a German language debating competition for students which is held in 8 countries. This week is the 7th International Final which takes place in Budapest.
Participants debate about topics such as the ‘legal protection of whistle-blowers’ or ‘obligation for recipients of scholarships to work in their own country for a certain amount of time’.
The final debate on ‘the boycott of big sport events in countries where human rights are violated’ will decide about the winner.

For more info visit:

Jugend debattiert international on FB >>>

Goethe Institute Budapest on FB >>>

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Study session "Deaf youth and politics: human rights, empowerment and active citizenship"

European Union of Deaf YouthBetween 6-13 October 2013  this study session organised by European Union of the Deaf Youth (EUDY) aims at providing Deaf young people from Europe with the possibility to learn more about human rights, empowerment and active citizenship.

The seminar gives a good opportunity to the participants to discover what politics means, how to become a full citizen and to act on political level for the rights of Deaf young people in their country.

Photos on Facebook >>>

European Union of the Deaf Youth (EUDY) on Facebook >>>

Study session “Game Over Hate”

no hate gameThis study session has been organised by CIDI (Centre for Intercultural Dialogue and Integration) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe taking place in the European Youth Centre Budapest between 23- 29 September 2013.

It aims to create a community of gamers/professionals in the gaming industry that do not only understand and recognise hateful behaviors that happen in online gaming spaces, but also proactively act to challenge it. To achieve this goal the session will include gaming sessions, but also discussions and debate about them, meetings with gaming journalists, academics and game developers. Participants will develop community based actions, share good online practices and will create of a set of recommendations on the development of better online gaming communities.

The study session is the result of the first training course for bloggers and activists and contributes directly to the campaign by bringing in communities of young people often unreached by youth work, and exploring a new dimension of hate speech online.

Game over hate on Facebook >>>


European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime : 22 July

The No Hate Speech Movement organises on 22 July 2013 the European Action Day for the Victims of Hate Crime.

22 July is the day of the attacks in Oslo and the massacre in Utøya that, in 2011, claimed the lives of 77 people.
Taking action is important as hate crime and hate speech question the fundamental values of equality and human dignity!
Join the movement and see what you can do for commemorating and supporting the Victims of Hate Crime >>>


Social Inclusion for Active Youth  Participation - Study session of “Participation for All” , 26 May – 2 June 2013

„Participation for All” (PAFA) is an International network of youth organisations and NGOs working with young people, youth workers and professionals. Member organisations of PAFA are dedicated to participation and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, particularly with physical disabilities, by means of non-formal education.
The study session gives the opportunity for participants to exchange the experiences on non-formal education initiatives and practices in the field of social inclusion and participation of young people with disabilities.
Photos on Facebook >>>

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LET US READ THE CONVENTION! - Nurturing Human Rights

The Andorran Chairmanship of the Council of Europe is launching a campaign in support of the values promoted by the European Convention on Human Rights as it has made us aware that intolerance and discrimination are unacceptable.
LET US READ the Convention and make sure it is put into practice!
Participate in the Campaign >>>



Updated catalogue of Youth Centres available

The updated catalogue with presentations of Youth Centres which participated in the 2010-2013
European Platform meetings can be consulted now on-line.

The European Platform of Youth Centres is organised annually and is a platform for exchange and knowledge sharing among the centres associating to the Council of Europe.

Presentation of Youth Centres (catalogue) May 2013 >>>

More on Quality Label for Youth Centres >>>



‘A young volunteer can do anything – strengthening youth activism on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ 

From 23-27 April, members from the Youth Sexual Awareness for Europe (YSAFE) network will gather at the European Youth Centre in Budapest for a Study Session.
YSAFE is a youth network that unites youth volunteers active in Member Associations of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) .
The session aims to strengthen youth activism and networking on Comprehensive Sexuality Education within a human rights framework at regional and national level in Europe and Central Asia.
Read more >>>



 TC Moderators in the EYCB - Training workshop for online volunteers (15-16 April)

The online volunteers are activists with special competencies and role for the online platform and tools of the No Hate Speech On-line Campaign and are key actors in the campaign, particularly in the European and national aspects.
The online volunteers are the ones to shape and build the online community and to ensure the content of the online platform.
The training workshop aims to support the group of online volunteer activists of the campaign to develop their competences in managing the platform of the campaign, to get to know each other, learn about the campaign and plan their work together.

Photos on Facebook >>>>



Participation and Democracy: a Legal Framework for School Student Rights

From 7th to 14th of April the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions is organising a Study Session entitled “Participation and democracy: A legal framework for school student rights” at the European Youth Centre in Budapest in co-operation with the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

This Study Session looks at the existing tools available for school student organisations to achieve their aims and make their voices heard.
The event explores the possibilities for school students and their organisation to advocate for full democratic participation on national and European level.
It aims to make participants familiar with the Charter on EDC-HRE and other relevant documents at disposal to demand full participation; to establish a common ground and develop a shared understanding on the topic of participation and democracy; to make participants reflect about their organisations work on participation and democracy and share their personal experiences; to encourage networking amongst participatns and develop effective follow up plans; to build the partcipants knowledge of exisiting tools in Europe, inlcuding legal mechanisms, and develop their skills in how to use these to advocate for a full democratic participation on national and European level and to explore, explain and inform participants about the different levels and definitions of participation and democracy around Europe.

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First award ceremony of the CoE Quality Label for Youth Centres

The first award ceremony of the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres to the Euromed Youth Centre (Adrasan, Turkey) and The Youth Cultural Center Brežice (Brežice, Slovenia) took place in the EYCB yesterday.
Ms Seija Astala, Chair of European Steering Committee on Youth handed over the Label to Prof. Dr. İsrafil Kurtcephe, Rector of Akdeniz University (Turkey) and Ms Nataša Kalin, in charge of international cooperation, Brezice Youth Cultural Center (Slovenia) - the represantatives of the two centres which acquired the Label first.
More on Quality Label for Youth Centres >>>

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No Hate Speech Movement! Youth Campaign for Human Rights Online (2013-2014)

Updates and Campaign news >>>

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Join the No Hate Speech Movement! Become an online volunteer for the youth campaign for human rights online (2013-2014)

Call for online volunteer activists for the No Hate Speech Movement campaign

March 2013 - March 2014; Training course: 15-16 April 2013
European Youth Centre Budapest

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe calls upon young human rights and online activists interested to act as volunteer activists in our online campaign against hate speech to read and apply for this unique opportunity!
The online volunteers are activists with special competencies and role for the online Campaign platform and tools. They are key actors in the campaign, particularly in the European and national aspects. They are the ones to shape and build the online community and to ensure the content of the online platform.
The training workshop aims to support the group of online volunteer activists of the campaign to develop their competences in managing the platform of the campaign, to get to know each other, learn about the campaign and plan their work together.

Detailed description >>>

Application form >>>

Deadline for applications: 28 March 2013


No Hate Speech Movement
- Official Launching

The official Launching event of the No Hate Speech Movement will take place on the 22nd March at 10.30 a.m in the foyer of the hemicycle of the Council of Europe’s main building (the Palais).
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland will launch the Movement alongside two members from the Statutory Committees of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, Ms Aleksandra Mitrovic (European Steering Committee for Youth) and Mr Sergio Belfor (Advisory Council) and Mr Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum.
After the launching event the official online Campaign platform and the European Hate Speech Watch will be open for the public at www.nohatespeechmovement.org

The Secretary General will also join the Campaign himself by uploading his own video message on the Campaign platform, and will contribute to Campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

The event will be streamed live online here.



Youth Encountering Environmental Human Rights

Study session co-organised by International Young Naturefriends (IYNF)

During this seminar the participants will explore the topic of environmental human rights and active youth participation.
Youth workers, educators and activists will share experience in local and global environmental matters, learn about the related international treaties.
They will disccus - among others - how to defend their rights and the rights of the communities that are affected by the abuse of local ecosystems and climate change and learn good practices of peaceful activism.
The organisers also aim at building a network of young people willing to multiply their knowledge and creating follow-up initiatives and projects.


Long-term Training Course with Serbian Youth Workers and Trainers

The third and last phase of the Long term training course for trainers in youth participation and youth policy for social inclusion in the Republic of Serbia has started today in the European Youth Centre Budapest, bringing together 21 participants, governmental representatives and educational staff of the Council of Europe for 5 days of training focusing on quality of non-formal education and the role of trainers.

The long term training course for trainers on democratic youth participation and youth policy for social inclusion in Serbia is the result of an outstanding cooperation between the Council of Europe Youth Department and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Serbia. The course started in February 2012, bringing together 25 participants from Serbia and neighbouring countries. Participants are trainers, youth workers, youth leaders or civil servants actively working on issues of youth policy and youth participation at local, national or European level, motivated to further develop their training competences in non-formal education with a particular focus on youth participation, youth policy and social cohesion. The course aims to develop the competences of twenty-five trainers, coming from Serbia and the neighbouring area, to contribute to the development of the quality of youth work in Serbia, based on the quality standards developed by the Council of Europe.

After the residential seminar, it is expected that participants will act as an informal network of trainers in the Republic of Serbia and neighbouring region contributing to the development of quality projects that ensure youth participation and translate into youth policy.

You can find the detailed programme of the second residential course here.



Revised edition of the Quality Label brochure

The Youth Department has produced the revised English version of the brochure “The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres”.
The brochure presents the set of criteria and the procedure for youth centres that aim at acquiring the Quality Label.
The brochure is downloadable from here  >>>

For more information on the project please visit >>>




Living Library School Project – Documentary Film

In 2012, the European Youth Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe, with support from the European Youth Foundation and the UNHCR, and in cooperation with the Active Citizenship Foundation, has launched a pilot project: taking the Living Library concept to high schools across Hungary.
The initiative was an unqualified success, with over 300 students reached in eight schools over a 4-month period. The film documenting one of these events can be now viewed
in Hungarian with English subtitles HERE.


Hearing on the challenges faced by Young Refugees and Asylum seekers in Europe accessing their social rights and their integration, while in transition to adulthood

On 14 January the European Youth Centre Budapest is hosting a hearing on "the challenges face by Young Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Transition to Adulthood". This hearing is organised by the Youth Department and the Committee on Migration of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the UNHCR offices of Strasbourg and Budapest. The meeting is attended by young refugees, youth workers and governmental representatives. The outcomes will contribute to the report by Ms. Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) of the Parliamentary Assembly on "Unaccompanied migrant children: what rights at 18?"

For more information on the subject please see a report from the consultative meeting organised by the Youth Department in 2011 in English or in French


Revised COMPASS just published

The revised version of "COMPASS - Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People" has recently been published in English language by the Council of Europe.

COMPASS is a practical tool and resource for citizenship and human rights education. It is an essential companion for all those who are curious and interested in making the right to human rights education a reality for everyone.

COMPASS was originally published in 2002 and is now available in more than 30 languages. A version specifically designed for human rights education with children – COMPASITO – enjoys a similar success. This fully revised and updated edition includes new activities and information about human rights issues such as disability and disablism, migration, religion, remembrance, war and terrorism.

COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professional or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights.

For more information on this publication, please contact the European Youth Centre Budapest.

For the downloadable pdf-version please click here.



"Tackling Hate Speech: Living Together Online" - 27-28 Nov 2012, EYC Budapest

The European Youth Centre Budapest is hosting the conference “Tackling Hate Speech: Living Together Online” on 27 and 28 November, which is being co-organised by the Council of Europe and the EEA and Norway Grants.

Among the representatives of a wide range of European and international organisations, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and George Soros, Founder of the Open Society Foundations, were the keynote speakers of the event.

Participants will discuss the nature, extent and impact of hate speech in today’s world as well as different options for tackling the phenomenon – including issues related to self-regulation and moderation of online discussion forums and how best to tackle so-called “hate speech” – especially online – whilst also protecting freedom of expression.

Following an opening press conference, Zoltán Balog, Hungarian Minister for Human Resources, formally welcomed participants to the event. Other speakers will include:

- Gabriella Cseh, Facebook’s head of European policy
- Frank la Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression
- Jenö Kaltenbach, Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
- Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch
- Torgeir Larsen, State Secretary at the Norwegian Foreign Ministry

Representatives of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency, the International Network against Cyber-hate and the European Broadcasting Union will also give their views.

The conference can be followed online at: mms://webcast.coe.int/budapest

For the programme and more information please visit the official website of the conference.



Training workshop Action and Campaigning against Hate speech (22-24 November 2012)

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The Council of Europe Youth Department in partnership with the EEA and Norway Grants are organising a training workshop entitled Action and Campaigning against hate speech online in European Youth Centre Budapest between 22-24 November 2012.

The workshop is part of the Council of Europe project Young People Combating Hate Speech Online and precedes the conference “Tackling Hate Speech: Living Together Online” (27-28 November 2012, European Youth Centre Budapest) organized by the same partnership.

The workshop aims to train young bloggers and online human rights activists about hate speech online and prepare them to play an active role in addressing it at national and European level.
The workshop will strive to develop a common understanding of hate speech, its forms and consequences, and the conceptual and legal framework of action against hate speech, but as well to mobilise youth leaders, bloggers and online human rights activists for action and initiatives against hate speech and develop common guidelines and objectives to be applied in national activities and projects.

The workshop is also an opportunity to discuss possible common measures and actions at European level to support networking and learning among the 15 beneficiary countries of the EEA and Norway grants and to identify links and synergies with the Online Youth Campaign of the Council of Europe.

The workshop brings together 55 participants from different organisations across Europe interested to further develop their competences and take an active role in the campaign against hate speech online to be launched by the Council of Europe in 2013.
The programme of the workshop is available here.

You can follow the training workshop online at:

We are announcing our official hashtag for the workshop which is #speaknohate and you can also follow our Twitter activity through our account: @coe_dys. We will be tweeting in real-time about the topics and issues we will discuss, the atmosphere in the workshops. You can also tweet with the #speaknohate hashtag your opinion about hate speech, share examples from your own country and address questions to our guest speakers.

We will sum up all sessions in Facebook Page of the Council of Europe – Youth Department (https://www.facebook.com/CouncilofEuropeYouth), as well as publish photos & videos from the workshops. If you don`t feel comfortable to Tweet your opinion, share the story or address questions in 140 characters, you can do that in our Facebook Page. Hence, do not hesitate to engage with us.

Several sessions where our guest speakers will present their work will be Livestreamed with good audio & video quality. This is great chance to learn more from firsthand experts and professionals about variety of topics, such are: hate speech, human rights, anti-racism education, discrimination etc. So, you can find our livestream channel in the following link: http://act4hre.coe.int/ or here: http://webcast.coe.int/budapestearly.
A programme of the livestream is available here.

And if you missed the all the activities and workshops, we will make sure to highlight the most important moments & discussions through our Storify account, which will be published every end of the day. Here is the link if you are interested to read the highlights of the day: http://storify.com/COE_DYS

You can read further information about the project, the workshop and have access to presentations and reports of working groups at the projects website: http://act4hre.coe.int



YPA networking Conference - 6-8 November 2012

Between 6th and 8th November 70 participants of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project will meet at the European Youth Centre Budapest for the YPA Networking Conference.

The Youth Peace Ambassadors project (YPA) promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue. The project builds on the Council of Europe’s understanding of sustainable peace, which is ensured when human rights, rule of law and democracy is a reality for all people in Europe equally.

Three groups of approximately 25 participants each were selected and have started a long term training process that included two residential seminars, e-learning and a practice phase for groups A and B and a project phases with mentoring for all three groups. Until the YPA Networking conference all three groups have worked independently and followed their own training trajectory, covering however the same topics and skills.

The Networking conference is the first meeting were all participants of all three groups meet. After the seminar the three groups will have merged into one group of 75 Youth Peace Ambassadors participants. The networking Conference aims to set up the aims of the network, identify working priorities and a possible structure for management of the network and its governance.


Phiren Amenca - The European boogie Man Complex

Between 14th and the 20th October 34 young people gather at the European Youth Centre in Budapest to attend Phiren Amenca’s study session “The European boogie Man Complex” on antigypsyism. The study session aims to raise the awareness and youth activism to challenge stereotypes racism as well as to support the work of young Roma and non-Roma volunteers in their voluntary service placements across the world. The youth are Roma and non-Roma volunteers, former volunteers, volunteer candidates and youth leaders who are active in Roma communities and experienced in working with Roma communities and/or Roma youth.


UNOY Peacebuilders - Youth Advocacy for Peace

The European Youth Centre Budapest hosts between 14th and 20th October a study session organised by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) in cooperation with Fundació Catalunya Voluntària (FCV), Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy (SILBA), and Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo Sviluppo (CEIPES). The purpose of the study session is to give youth peace NGOs an opportunity to reflect on advocacy, as well as to share practices and ideas on how to improve their advocacy work. The outcome of the study session will assist youth NGOs of UNOY Peacebuilders’ network in their role as active stakeholders by working together on a common advocacy strategy for the network.


Training Course for Roma youth leaders/activists for promoting human rights and taking action against discrimination

The youth sector of the Council of Europe organises between 20 and 29 October 2012 a training course for Roma youth leaders and young activists. 34 participants from 18 countries will be trained on how to develop youth initiatives and actions in their communities, in order to fight discrimination and anti-Gypsyism. The course is organised in the framework of the Council of Europe Roma Youth Action Plan.

Draft Programme
Draft List of participants and project ideas
Presentation of the Course



Tell us what you think!

In the framework of the project "Young people combating hate speech online", the Youth Department of the Council of Europe launches a survey on young people's attitudes and experience of online hate speech.
The project aims to combat racism and discrimination in their 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 project is centred around an online campaign against hate speech to be launched in 2013.

The survey targets young people in Europe and beyond and is intended to provide empirical data to support further research (very much missing on the topic) and support us in shaping better the online campaign against hate speech. The survey takes only 15 minutes and is available in English and French (A Russian version will be available soon.).

We invite you to complete the survey and also disseminate it among your networks of members, partners and young people so that we gather as much data as possible. The surveys will be closed on 4th October 2012, therefor we count on your immediate action in its dissemination.

Preliminary results will be made available in the Preparatory seminar of the campaign taking place in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg, between 10-12 October 2012 and on the youth website.

You can read more about the project here



Vacancy Notice - Principle Administrative Assistant at the EYCB- Temporary Contract

Job Mission

Under the authority of the Head of Division Education and Training and of the Executive director of the European Youth Centre Budapest, the successful candidate will ensure professional assistance to the project Young People Combating Hate Speech On-line, in particular the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the Workshop for Bloggers and On-line activists, in accordance with procedures, guidelines and priorities and with a concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy. For more details please check the job description.

Deadline for applications: 18 September 2012, 17 hrs CET


Training Course of Youth Peace Ambassadors (Group C)

Between 3rd and 7th September 24 young people from across Europe gather at the European Youth Centre in Budapest for their second seminar addressing conflict resolution, intercultural dialogue and human rights. These youth are members of Group C of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project. The project started in 2011 and continues until 2013 aiming to empower young people in their role as multipliers and youth leaders in peace-building activities in their communities through their involvement in civil society organisations and projects.


Living Library documentary and revised organisers' guide

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe has produced a documentary “Let’s Take the Feminist – The Living Library Experience” which was shot at 2011 Sziget Festival. The 26-minute feature documentary is in Hungarian with English subtitles and presents the best moments of the traditional Living Library event of the European Youth Centre Budapest. The film is also distributed as a DVD compendium to the revised Living Library organisers’ guide “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.”




OBESSU study session "Special Needs" in the EYCB

From the 4th to 11th of March 2012, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) will organise, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, a study session entitled “Special Needs”: education, participation and social inclusion at the European Youth Centre in Budapest. The study session will gather together approximately 40 participants from more than 15 different countries from all over Europe. The Study Session aims to explore and further develop tools and methods for social inclusion for school students with special needs in youth projects. Besides young people from OBESSU also young persons from the European Union of Deaf Youth (EUDY), Ceva de Spus, the Norwegian Association of Youth with disabilities and Surdus Loquens will participate in the Study Session. Moreover the President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) will be a guest speaker at the event. Read more...



Training course for trainers in human rights education

38 young trainers and youth workers from 30 countries meet from 7-14 February for the ‘Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education for young people’ at the European Youth Centre Budapest. The Training seminar was preceded by a seven month long e-learning phase. During the 8 day seminar participants will develop their competences in human rights education, intercultural learning, and promoting through education the charter on democratic citizenship and human rights education. Following this seminar all trainers and youth workers of the course will implement local and/or national training initiatives in their respective communities.
You can download the programme by clicking here.




Study Session ‘Why do not change prejudices into experiences’ organised by ‘Loesje International’ in cooperation with ‘Loesje Armenia’

Between 22 and 26 November 30 young people from many European countries are exploring the relation between stereotypes and prejudice and are developing idea’s on how to work with young people in helping them to overcome their stereotypes and learn to live in diverse and multicultural societies and to respect human rights.

The organisers are using creative tools developed by the organisation Loesje, such as poster creative writing.

Some of the inspiring examples of the posters developed during the week can be found below.





Enter! Youth Meeting movies

Access to Social Rights for Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods

The movie clips from the Enter! Youth Meeting that was held in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg from 14 to 18 September 2011 are now available.

The meeting was organised within the Enter! project on access to social rights for young people. 

Watch the short movie of the Meeting >>>

Watch the long movie of the Meeting >>>

More info on the Youth Meeting >>>



Roma Youth Conference - Terne Romengiri Konferencija in the EYC Strasbourg

Voicing the aspirations and projects of Roma youth in the Council of Europe - Dejpe krlo/glaso e aspiracijenge thaj projektonge katar e terne Roma ande Europako Konsilo

The Roma Youth Conference  (26-30 September 2011, EYC Strasbourg) is a follow up activity to the Strasbourg Declaration, adopted in October 2010. It will gather representatives and active leaders of Roma youth organisations and young Roma active in other organisations and projects from the Council of Europe member states.

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Living Library on the Sziget Festival 2011

Between August 12 and 14, and after a year of hiatus in 2010, the Living Library project returned to the annual Sziget Festival, one of Europe’s largest and best-known musical festivals.

Organized by the European Youth Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe, the Living Library has been a staple of the Sziget Festival since 2003, attracting hundreds of festival goers of many nationalities and showcasing its unique approach to challenging harmful and widespread stereotypes about various social groups, such as gays, immigrants, Roma, Jews, women, policemen or alcoholics, among many others.

This year, the Living Library was open to visitors on the three final days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – of the weeklong festival and it was open to all interested visitors who were ready for the sometimes challenging, sometimes surprising, but always interesting and illuminating discussions with our books.
For a selection of photos and a short video, please go to the EYCB Facebook page .



Council of Europe announced 2011 Youth Media Award

The Directorate of Communication of the Council of Europe together with the European Youth Press has announced a journalism prize - Youth Media Award 2011 for young media makers and journalists in all 47 CoE member states and Belarus.
There are four categories open to contestants between 18 and 30 years old: photography, video, radio and print journalism.

Entries are expected to illustrate  aspects of media freedom in 21st century Europe and have to be uploaded at the  Youthmedia.eu Award page.

The Award is open from 7 March until 1 August 2011.

More info



Human Rights Education and Advocacy Activism – Learning for Change

The Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN) held a study session entitled "Human Rights Education and Advocacy Activism - Learning for change" between 1-7 May 2011 in European Youth Centre Budapest.
The study session aimed to mainstream advocacy and actions in defence of human rights as a crucial component of human rights education with young people in Europe

The study session brought together 35 young human rights activists and educators from all over Europe with different levels of expertise in advocacy, activism and education in order to contribute to the development of human rights education methodologies and methods on activism.

The study session also benefited from the input of Ralf René Weingartner, the Director of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport and of Dmitri Makarov, a human rights activist from the Youth Human Rights Movement from the Russian Federation.

On 5 May, a round table was organised featuring Hungarian civil society representatives: Györgyi Tóth (NANE), Anca Sandescu (European Roma Rights Centre), Marton Liszka (Amnesty International), Eszter Kovács (Védegylet), Mircea Cernov (Haver Alapítvány).

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Human Sentenced to Death - A Meeting with Joaquín José Martínez

Friday, April 1, 2011 17.00-19:00

f20010609_qAs a young man, Joaquin José Martinez supported the death penalty. But the Spanish-Ecuadorian man was sentenced to death by a Florida court for a dual murder in 1987. He could not afford his own lawyer and was supported by a public defender and the court committed serious procedural errors during the trial.
Many people lobbied on behalf of Martínez, including the Spanish government and the pope. The campaign for his release was also supported by the Sant’Egidio community.
After four years on death row, Martínez’s death sentence was repealed by the appellate court and he was acquitted of all charges. Today, he is one of the chief international advocates against the death penalty

Guests had the opportunity to ask their own questions from Mr. Martinez after the moderated discussion.

Organiser: Sant’Egidio Community




Human rights education with and by school students

Organising Bureau of School Students Unions and the Directorate of Youth and Sport organised a study session on “Human Rights Education with and by school students: empowering school students to be peer educators in HRE" between 6-13 March 2011 at the European Youth Centre Budapest.

The study session aimed to provide school student representatives with knowledge about HRE and with tools to act as multipliers in their local realities. OBESSU believes that Human Rights Education is not given enough space in school curricula around Europe and for this reason they want to offer school student unions the opportunity to learn more about HRE and acquire concrete means to transfer this knowledge to their peers.

The participants will follow up the study session by organising peer-to-peer Human Rights Education sessions at national level with the support of their home organisations and will feed-back their experiences in the living manual they are creating on their website.

A short film about the study session, realised by the participants is available here.

The study session contributes directly to the Human Rights Education Youth Programme, run by Directorate of Youth and Sport since 2001, in order to contribute to the promotion of the core mission and the values of the Council of Europe related to human rights and democracy.

To follow the study session latest developments and their discussion take a look here.

To learn more about study sessions and how your international youth organisation/network could benefit from them take a look here.


M.A. European Youth Studies Project - Short seminar in Budapest

The M.A. European Youth Studies (M.A. EYS) Project organised a residential seminar at the EYCB in February 2011.

The seminar is a core component of the 2011 Short Course, itself a pilot for the upcoming transnational and intercultural postgraduate degree in interdisciplinary European youth studies.

The development process is currently funded by the Socrates-Erasmus chapter of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme and supported by the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport and the EU-COE Youth Partnership.

This degree course aims to set the quality reference point and benchmark for improving and sustaining the development of European youth research as a distinct field of education and scholarship. The only specialist degree of its kind, it aims to fill an education and qualification gap at national and European levels.

More information:  http://www.youthstudies.eu

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The Secretary General’s visit to the European Youth Centre Budapest

The Secretary General's visit to the EYCB
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, visited Budapest on January 14th for a series of official meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Constitutional Court and members of the Hungarian government and Parliament.

Mr. Jagland also visited the EYCB where he opened an information session of the Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe, attended by a small select group of representatives of Hungarian local authorities and various ministries.

The Secretary General also held a meeting with the EYCB staff to discuss the ongoing reform process and to answer questions by staff members.

Photos from the Information Session on the Intercultural Cities Programme >>>



1st EU-Level Thematic Conference for the European Year of Volunteering at the Council of Europe’s European Youth Centre Budapest

The official launch of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 took place on January 8th in Budapest as part of the series of events linked to the inauguration of the Hungarian presidency of the EU.

Accompanying the launch was the 1st EU-level thematic conference for the EYV 2011 entitled “Recognising the contribution of volunteering to economy, society and the individual – where are we now, and where do we want to go?”.

The event, held at the European Youth Centre Budapest, brought together more than two hundred of the main stakeholders in the field of volunteering in Europe and was opened by the keynote speeches of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, and Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Administration and Justice, Tibor Navracsics.

The plenary panel discussion was moderated by the Executive Director of the EYCB, Antje Rothemund and it included contributions from Mr Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Ms Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers Programme,  Ms Marian Harkin MEP, and Ms Gabriela Civico representing the EYV 2011 Alliance.

During the panel discussion, attention was brought to the recent resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the promotion of volunteering in Europe as a relevant and useful guide for the achievement of the ambitious goals of the thematic year.


For more information visit the EYV 2011 Alliance website >>>

Consult the  programme of the conference >>>

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10th December - Human Rights Festival at the EYC Budapest

The Festival's mission was to celebrate the Human Rights Day which marks the anniversary of  the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

In co-operation with the European Youth Centre Budapest and more than 40 NGOs,  the main organiser, Mobilitás Hungarian National Youth Service (service of Public Employment Service, FSZH) wished to contribute also to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010.

The Festival offered a wide range of activities such as presentations, round-table discussions, concerts and theatre performances, as well as interactive workshops, exhibitions and an NGO-fair.

Read detailed information on the Festival >>>

December 2010

EYCB hosts Group of Eminent Persons

The 2nd meeting of the Group of Eminent Persons took place in the European Youth Centre Budapest on 2 December , the discussions focused on the situation of Roma in Europe .

The Group is chaired by Joschka Fischer and works on preparing a report within the context of the Pan-European project ''Living together in 21st century Europe''.

The picture shows the Group of Eminent Persons meeting spontaneously with participants of the study sessions taking place at the Centre.
Read more on the Group of Eminent Persons >>>



 December 2010


Asian and European youth representatives meet on Environment and Human Rights

Description: Training Korea Header PajuDescription: Training Korea Header PajuThe Council of Europe – Directorate of Youth and Sport - and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)  gathered 30 young people from Asia and Europe to participate in the Asia-Europe Training Course on Environmental Human Rights. The training course was organised in cooperation with the International Workcamp Organization (IWO) in Korea. It took place in Paju, Korea, from 9 to 15 November and focused on the challenges for Youth Work in relation to the Environment and Human Rights.
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November 2010

2nd residential seminar of the ENTER! Long Term Training Course

From 27th September- 6th October, 26 participants gathered in the European Youth Centre Budapest fort he 2nd residential seminar of the Long Term Training Course (LTTC) on the Access to Social Rights of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
The LTTC is part of the tri-annual project ENTER! organised by the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Council of Europe and aims at developing youth policy responses to exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

This second seminar in Budapest hold the purpose of consolidating participants’ learning so far and evaluate their project development. It also helped participants to further develop their expertise on Social Rights and to explore how youth policy can influence their work at local level.
Within the programme of the seminar, participants had the opportunity to visit a local organisation, Kesztyugyár. They were introduced to the educational programme of the community centre and had a chance to explore the neighbourhood and see how urban regeneration can contribute to social inclusion.

Participants further developed the next steps of their projects and will meet again for a final seminar in Strasbourg in May 2011.

For detailed information visit the ENTER! project's website >>>

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October 2010

The Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport and ERYICA hold joint colloquy on Youth Information

The colloquy, entitled “Bridging the Gap” brought together over thirty practitioners from the Youth Information field to discuss the development of Youth Information in recent years and in particular since the adoption of Recommendation (90) 7 in 1980 by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on information and counselling for young people in Europe.

The meeting was also occasioned by the adoption of Recommendation CM/ Rec (2010)8 by the Committee of Ministers on youth information in June.

The participants – both governmental representatives and youth information workers – discussed a broad range of issues, among them the current state of youth information, the consequeces of new youth cultures on youth information services, the possible practical implementation of the new recommendations, and the promotion of the Youth Information Starter Kit.

One of the primary aims for the colloquy was he sharing of local and national experiences among the participants and the transfer of knowledge and expertise from countries with well-established youth information structures and systems to countries where this area is still in its early stages of development.



Social Platform's networking visit in Hungary

In the framework of the networking visit in Hungary, the Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform) held its conference entitled “Impact of the crisis on people, civil society organisations and social policies” at the EYCB on 15-16 September.

The conference – including panel debates, field visits and different workshops – aimed at assisting the delegations in gaining deeper insight into the impact of the crisis on Hungary. Special attention was paid to the question of civil dialogue in Hungary and the situation of the Roma and LGBT communities.

Four key messages to decision makers by the present social civil society organisations came out during the meeting:

1) Ensure partnership in Europe 2020 process

2) Underline the quality employment, not only ‘jobs’

3) Act in favour of compromise-based financial mechanisms for civil society organizations

4) Give a recognition to volunteering




Roma Rights Summer School at the EYCB

The European Roma Rights Centre held its annual Roma Rights Summer School from 25 July to 4 August 2010.
The intensive 10-day course involved 22 young Romani and Traveller participants who learnt about international human rights legislation and Romani issues.
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