Break on through: European Union and Council of Europe empowering minorities through art

03/09/2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

People tend to have stereotypes which is a generalised belief about a particular category of people and it is linked to an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group. However, stereotyping can lead to racial prejudice when people emotionally react to the name of a...

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Public officials in Pristina trained on analysis of data and reporting on discrimination

28/07/2021 Pristina

The first training of trainers took place during 27 - 28 July 2021 in Pristina in a hybrid event, as part of the close partnership between the European Union and the Council of Europe with the Office for Good Governance in the Office of the Prime Minister. The programme is supporting the process...

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Hate at glance in the Western Balkans region

20 July 2021 Western Balkans

The “Block the hatred. Share the love!” regional campaign aimed to address the phenomenon of hate speech, thus raise awareness among the general public about the imminent danger of hate speech and its negative effects in the Western Balkans societies moves forward. This week, the campaign gets...

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Hate speech is not an option in Serbia!

4-6 JULY SERBIA, DIVCIBARE

A two-day training for media representatives on the concept and forms of discrimination and hate speech, with an emphasis on the vulnerability to hatred of LGBTI people, was organised from 4 to 6 July 2021. The training was held within the joint European Union and the Council of Europe action on...

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Montenegrin NGO „Young Roma“ shed light on the issue of hate speech against members of Roma and Egyptian population

5 July 2021 Montenegro

„Quality of all activities was excellent, we learned a lot through various stories and workshops led by our trainers, especially when it comes to Roma and Egyptian population and challenges they face“. This way Jelena, a student of the Secondary Vocational and Higher Education School „Sergije...

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Albanian authorities committed to promote the rights of minorities and LGBTI and countering Hate Speech

28 June 2021 ALBANIA

The public authorities and key actors in the field of promoting equality and diversity in Albania reaffirmed their commitment to work closely with European Union and Council of Europe to ensure protection of equal rights through the proper implementation of the policy/legal framework related to...

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Teaching staff and students in the service of preserving Roma heritage and culture

25 june 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Humanitarian organisation Alfa from Bihać, within the project "Joint, sustainable and creative preservation of Roma culture and heritage" funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, organised a conversation and an exhibition on the cultural heritage and...

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Protection of national minorities’ rights in Serbia needs to remain a priority of the authorities

17 JUNE 2021 BELGRADE, SERBIA

Authorities of Serbia need to intensify their efforts to ensure that the rights of persons belonging to national minorities are properly promoted and implemented. Promotion of a multicultural and intercultural perspective in education, but also effective participation of persons belonging to...

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Presentation of the research “Diversity and equality in Kosovo*” and launching of the new reporting framework on monitoring the Law on Protection from Discrimination

15 June 2021 KOSOVO

Organised by the Office of the Prime Minister and in support of the joint action of the European Union and the Council of Europe, “Promotion of diversity and equality in Kosovo”, a conference was held to present the findings of the research “Diversity and equality in Kosovo” and to launch a new...

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Meet our “No Hate” Ambassadors who joined the “Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign

7 June 2021 Western Balkans

The “Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign dedicated to counter the phenomenon of hate speech in the Western Balkans, launched in social media in December last year, is now going local. It is engaging important public figures and personalities in the quest to fight hate speech, particularly...

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Meet our “No Hate” Ambassadors who joined the “Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign

7 JUNE 2021 WESTERN BALKANS

The “Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign dedicated to counter the phenomenon of hate speech in the Western Balkans, launched in social media in December last year, is now going local. It is engaging important public figures and personalities in the quest to fight hate speech, particularly...

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Council of Europe’s Opinion on the Draft Law on same-sex unions presented to the Serbian Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue

4 June 2021 Belgrade

Upon the request of the Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue of Serbia, Gordana Comic, the Council of Europe’s Directorate General for Democracy has prepared an expert opinion on the draft Law on same-sex unions. The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Tobias...

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Partners and beneficiaries discuss ECtHR Judgement and how to ensure that transgender persons rights are fulfilled

25 May 2021 Skopje

A multi-stakeholder discussion on the implementation of the ECtHR judgement on X vs North Macedonia and the amendments to the Law on Registry regarding Legal Gender recognition was organised on 25 May online. The activity was attended by different stakeholders – members of Parliament, government...

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Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Montenegro

17 May 2021 Podgorica, Montenegro

A public discussion on responses to hate speech and hate crimes formally opened on 17 May 2021 the International Week Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Montenegro. Marking of this important date was co-hosted by the European Union Delegation to Montenegro, Council of Europe...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 17-23 May: International Week Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Montenegro

14 May 2021 Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica, 14 May 2021 – To mark the start of the International Week Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT 2021) in Montenegro, a public discussion on the responses to hate speech and hate crimes will take place on 17 May 2021, from 10:00 to 12:00 in Podgorica. The event...

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European Union and Council of Europe regional campaign: Block the hatred. Share the love! takes ahead

29 APRIL 2021 WESTERN BALKANS

Since its official launch in mid-December, the regional no-hate speech campaign has continued to reach out wide audiences across the Western Balkans region. The campaign’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles are being increasingly visited by number of people on a daily basis. Meglena Kuneva,...

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Combating discrimination in Montenegro: new training for civil servants at local level being conducted

27 April 2021 Podgorica, Montenegro

As part of the efforts to reinforce the fight against discrimination in Montenegro and raise awareness on international and European standards in this regard, but also on the forms of redress at the national level, an online training for civil servants at local level was held on 23 April 2021....

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New report: more to be done to address the use of hate speech through the media in Serbia

20 APRIL 2021 Belgrade, SERBIA

The media have powerful impact on Serbian society and a corresponding responsibility in addressing hate speech. Media representatives should not only refrain from using hate speech but also emphasize and promote positive and value-driven arguments about members of vulnerable groups, thus...

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Speak peace, be the change!

17 March 2021 Western Balkans

A new publication on hate speech, produced within co-operation programmes of the European Union and the Council of Europe, is now available online. "Speak peace! Hate speech is not an option!" explores the concepts of hate speech, its manifestations, its risks for human rights and democracies....

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Manual on Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons in Albania

9 APRIL 2021 TIRANA

Police officers are at the frontline of the criminal justice system and the first point of contact for many victims of hate crime. To help them in developing essential skills to identify and investigate hate crimes against LGBTI persons, a Council of Europe manual “Policing Hate Crime against...

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