Back Rise in hate speech and hate incidents

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić
Secretary General Strasbourg 15 November 2023
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Rise in hate speech and hate incidents

“The alarming rise in antisemitic incidents across Europe in recent weeks poses a grave threat to all our member States. Attacks on synagogues, schools, community centres and on the physical integrity of our Jewish fellow citizens directly challenge our values and freedoms.

“I welcome the determination of our member States’ governments to put an end to these intolerable incidents on European soil. Until our Jewish fellow citizens feel safe again, until their daily lives are no longer marked by fear and apprehension, we must continue and intensify our efforts. I therefore call on the national authorities to step up their fight against antisemitism. We offer them our unwavering support in this endeavour and express our full solidarity with the victims.

“The Council of Europe will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against antisemitism and all forms of hatred, including anti-Muslim hatred, in the spirit of the Declaration of the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government. Our conventions, institutions and monitoring mechanisms are and will remain at the service of our member States and all Europeans in combating hatred and any form of ethnic or religious discrimination and in defending our values as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.”