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European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime

On Monday 22July we highlight how hate speech, if unchallenged, can lead to hate crime. This day we also remember the victims of the Oslo attacks and Utya massacre, where 77 people died, most of them young, as a result of hate crime in Norway, 2011. We put the spotlight on this day because the No Hate Speech Movement wants to address the seriousness of hate speech and hate agenda.

In his message for the day, Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said: “22 July cannot be forgotten. This day is a painful day of memory for Norway and for Europe.” He encouraged young people, member states and European institutions to take action against hate crime and hate speech, as 22nd July is a reminder of what are the consequences of indiference. Watch the full message here.

A petition to establish 22 July as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime was launched and is open for signatures from individuals and non-governmental organisations. You can sign the petition here. And you can read more about hate crime in Europe today here.

The No Hate Speech Movement takes action today to commemorate and show solidarity with the victims and targets of hate crime. Public actions and educational activities are organised all over Europe. You can follow preparations and reports on the Facebook event page. You can also read more on how to organise in this Take Action! Guide.

You can also join the movement, report cases of hate crime and hate speech and share your messages of solidarity.