The campaign aims to address and combat hate speech by mobilising young people as participants and multipliers working towards a culture of human rights and democratic citizenship, online and offline.

The campaign objectives are to:

  • support human rights education activities for action against hate speech and the risks it poses to democracy and the well-being of young people;
  • develop and disseminate tools and mechanisms for reporting hate speech, especially online, including at national level;
  • mobilise national and European partners to prevent and counter hate speech and intolerance online and offline;
  • promote media literacy and digital citizenship and support youth participation in internet governance. 

These objectives determine the campaign priorities for 2016 and 2017 which are to:

  • organise educational activities in and out of schools based on the Bookmarks manual on combating hate speech online through human rights education;
  • recognise hate speech as a human rights abuse, and incorporate this principle into human rights and citizenship education programmes;
  • mobilise and co-ordinate with European and national partners as well as with law-enforcement agencies and national monitoring bodies concerning the response against hate speech;
  • develop and disseminate tools and mechanisms for reporting hate speech, especially at national level;
  • promote 22 July as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime;
  • place a special focus on hate speech towards refugees and asylum seekers, sexist hate speech and antisemitism, while taking into account the root causes of violent extremism;
  • develop counter-narratives against hate speech;
  • create greater regional co-operation to support national campaigns;
  • support the implementation of the Council of Europe’s relevant instruments, such as the guide Human Rights for Internet Users, the general recommendation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance on combating hate speech and the additional protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention).

For further details on the campaign priorities and structure consult the Concept note of the campaign for 2016-2017 adopted by the Joint Council on Youth in November 2015.