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Explaining Hate Speech in the Western Balkans

20 July 2021
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Explaining Hate Speech in the 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 closer to the followers and enables them to find out more about existing hate speech patterns in the region, as well as more about certain social groups that are particularly vulnerable to hate speech.

The newly released series of factsheets identify the most common forms of hate in the region. Each factsheet provides statistics of groups and individuals affected; it highlights persisting challenges and good practices, including references to relevant and applicable European standards; and provides hints on the ways forward.

Some examples of issues addressed in the factsheets: do you know that hate towards and among certain groups of youngsters is quite widespread in the Western Balkans? This is called bullying, which nowadays is usually happening online and is complex to counter. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems, as an academic article found out. Every and each one of us can do better and convey messages of tolerance and respect that will provide counter narratives to hate speech, as well as try to encourage victims to report hate incidents to competent authorities.

Are you aware that hate crimes and hate speech against LGBTI persons are one of the most prevalent forms of hatred across the region? You can read more about in one of our factsheets provided in the link bellow, where you can also find out good examples how to ensure non-aggressive yet effective communication on the topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics.

Beside hate against LGBTI persons and youngsters, factsheets will help identifying facts and figures on the following recurrent forms of hatred targeting vulnerable group in the region: against the Roma community, religious groups, persons with disabilities, migrants, women and girls.

NO HATE SPEECH CAMPAIGN FACTESHEETS

 BLOCK SEXISM. SHARE THE LOVE     
 ENG SQI 
 BLOCK THE HATRED AGAINST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
 ENG SQI 
 BLOCK THE HATRED AMONG RELIGIONS 
 ENG SQI 
 BLOCK THE HATRED ON INTERNET
 ENG SQI 
 BLOCK THE HATRED AGAINST MIGRANTS
 ENG SQI
 BLOCK THE HATRED AGAINST LGBTI
 ENG SQI 
 BLOCK THE HATRED AGAINST ROMA
 ENG SQI 

 

 Follow the campaign in the dedicated FacebookTwitter and Instagram profiles. Join us in our efforts to ensure that love will always prevail in our society.


The campaign is implemented within the action on “Promotion of diversity and equality in the Western Balkans”, that is a part of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, implemented by the Anti-Discrimination Department of the Council of Europe.

 

 


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