The Council of Europe works to promote measures in combating discrimination and prejudice against persons or groups of persons for the protection of their human rights and inclusion in democratic societies in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Division’s approach to co-operation and assistance programmes is based on the “triangle” of standard-setting, monitoring and co-operation.

Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech within Human Rights Framework (ADI/MSI-DIS)

This new Committee of Experts will prepare a draft recommendation on a comprehensive approach to addressing hate speech, including in the online environment. It will build on the relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, other Council of Europe standards, monitoring reports and cooperation practices. Due to the complex nature of hate speech the Expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech (ADI/MSI-DIS) is sub-ordinated to two Steering Committees: the Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination and Inclusion (CDADI) and the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI).