The tutored online course on the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) General Policy Recommendation (GPR) No. 15 on combating hate speech was launched, with the participation of 18 judges and prosecutors in Armenia.
The course hosted by the Council of Europe’s HELP platform, will be implemented until mid-February, through 8 hybrid modules covering the following topics: defining and identifying hate speech; raising public awareness and using counter-speech; support for those targeted by hate speech; self-regulation as a means of tackling the use of hate speech; media, the internet and hate speech; administrative and civil liability for the use of hate speech; administrative and other sanctions against organizations that use hate speech; criminal liability and sanctions for the use of hate speech.
Further to the core material based on ECRI GPR 15, participants will also have at disposal materials relevant for the Armenian context in the relevant sections/topics of the course: overviews of Armenian legal and institutional framework on hate speech, relevant reports, publications and case-law information, ensuring a comprehensive approach to this topic.
This course is used as a tool to supplement traditional materials used in legal education and is implemented in cooperation with the Justice Academy of the Republic of Armenia, under the framework of the regional project “Strengthening access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crime in the Eastern Partnership countries” funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe under their Partnership for Good Governance II, 2019-2022.