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Combating Hate Speech in Sport: Workshop

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 21-22 November 2017
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Combating Hate Speech in Sport: Workshop

EPAS organised a workshop on “Combating Hate Speech in Sport” in co-operation with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Sarajevo on 21-22 November 2017.

The aim of this workshop was to raise participants' awareness of, and for them to get acquainted with, the normative framework on hate speech, to exchange good practices and to share know-how. Experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” discussed strategies to combat hate speech in sport. 

Programme of the workshop

Factsheet of the workshop 

Website of the No Hate Speech Movement

Report of the Workshop

EPAS aims to promote the development of any sport whose benefits are wide-reaching. It develops policies and standards, monitors them and helps with capacity-building and the exchange of good practices.

Different recommendations initially prepared by EPAS have been adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on issues of sports ethics, the autonomy of the sports movement, and the protection of young athletes from dangers associated with migration. Older recommendations such as the European Sports Charter are regularly monitored via consultative visits in member states. The Recommendation on Gender mainstreaming in sport is the most recent and was adopted on 21 January 2015. Work is currently underway to revise an old recommendation on “free fighting contests, such as cage fighting”.