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Flash News 3 February 2015

The Joint Council on Youth decided that the European youth campaign will stop on 31 March. The Council of Europe is nevertheless going to continue its works on this issue and is preparing a thematic action plan on hate speech and intolerance, within which the follow-up of the campaign will be included. The ways in which the campaign will be “rebooted”, reinvigorated, renewed or followed up will be discussed at the Evaluation conference. The campaign platform and other online tools will remain open until at least December 2015 and therefore we’ll also continue campaigning although not in the same way as before.

The evaluation process of the campaign has started. The Council of Europe has contracted Lise Consultancy to carry out an external evaluation of the campaign.   Their evaluators, Lise Paaskesen and Hilde Van Hulst, may be contacting you in the near future with a view to obtaining feedback from you on the campaign.  In order that the evaluation is as complete and accurate as possible, we appreciate you taking a little time to respond to their questions!

The Metamorphosis Foundation, a member of the National Campaign Committee in “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”,  Has developed a mobile application against hate speech, aiming to bring information from this area to the fingertips of mobile phone users.
The application, is available for free download for users of the most popular operating systems Android and iOS
via the nemrazi.mk/app link.
The application was promoted on December 11, 2014, at the International Conference "e-Society.mk" on the topic of “Human Rights on the Internet - Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech and Privacy in the Digital World”. The application was developed with the generous support of the OSCE Mission to Skopje and the Embassy of France in “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and is part of Metamorphosis’ efforts for sharing knowledge and encouraging active citizen participation in the resolution of societal problems, within the framework of the wider initiative against hate speech.

On 10 February, will be held the day "Safer Internet Day". We invite you to follow the news online, report  information on the "Hate Speech Watch", contribute to blogs, to continue our efforts to make the best and safest web !

Since 2012, the European Youth Foundation has been supporting youth projects linked to the No Hate Speech Movement all over Europe. In 2014, 12 grants were awarded to pilot activities on this theme for a total of € 108,500. In 2015, fighting extremism and hate speech online is one of the priorities for pilot activity grant applications. More information on who can apply and how can be found on the EYF website: http://eyf.coe.int.                                               

In follow-up to the Assembly Resolution 1967 (2014) on “A strategy to prevent racism and intolerance in Europe”, the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, was launched last week ; an alliance of parliamentarians who commit to taking open, firm and pro-active stands against racism, hatred and intolerance on whatever grounds and however they manifest themselves. Initially, the Alliance is open only to members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Their commitment is formalised by signing the Charter of commitments for membership in the Alliance. More on the Alliance: http://website-pace.net/web/apce/no-hate-alliance

The main activities of the Alliance are conducted at national level. Its members commit to:

- raise awareness against racism and intolerance amongst politicians and civil society;
- promote the respect of equality, non-discrimination and respect for diversity, as grounded in the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols;
- exchange information on law and best practice in preventing and combating racism, hatred and intolerance with parliamentarians from other countries;
- support and participate in the work of the national committees of the Council of Europe “No Hate Speech Movement.”

Johanna, Claire and Valentina, who worked for the campaign in 2014, have left to pursue other ambitions.
Since 12 January 2015, we are happy to welcome Estelle on board, who’s providing  secretarial and administrative assistance. You can reach her at : estelle.glessinger@coe.int

The NHSM follow up group met from 28 to 30 January in Strasbourg. Important issues, involved a discussion on the future of the movement with Director General, Snezana SAMARDZIC-MARKOVIC and the preparation of the conference. The group also attended the launch of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance.

The European Wergeland Centre is one of the European partners of the campaign. It acts as a resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship for the member states of the Council of Europe; it also carries out and supports research on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship, provides in-service training and support for the professional development of teachers and teacher training professionals. The Wergeland Centre cooperates with the Council of Europe on the basis of the Council of Europe’s and Norway’s shared values and goals regards education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship. The centre, open to all member states, can be an important resource to create a link between formal and non-formal education. The centre is part ofm the Norwegian campaign committee and is publishing Bookmarks in Norwegian.More information: http://www.theewc.org/

Don’t forget about the reporting tool! It was developed as a possibility for all the national coordinators and activists to document their work and inform the Strasbourg secretariat about it. Then we can share it with a wider public and give credit to the great projects!
So if you are a national campaign co-ordinator and/or an activist - do not hesitate to directly submit a report about your latest activity here!



1.How did you and your organisation get in touch with the NHSM?
My first encounter with the NHSM dates back to June 2013, in Budapest, at the occasion of the Youth Peace Camp 2013 organized by the Youth Department of the CoE. A session was devoted to the NHSM and we also shot some videos with participants who came from conflict-stricken regions. Afterwards I organized some activities related to the Campaign topics within the organization I have worked with, Les CEMEA Rhône-Alpes, before getting more involved at the end of last year.

2. What are your main tasks for within the campaign?
As the Movement is more or less starting from scratch in France, there is a lot to do, in various directions. Seeing that the Movement was still nowhere to be found in France, a few people decided to make things move in October/November 2014. The idea is to act now, so as to benefit from the network experience as was well as from the synergy at the European level before the end of the Campaign later this year. My main tasks are to build a network at the national level and develop an operational Campaign Committee, support local actions and ensure their visibility, reach decision-makers at both local and national levels to bring the Campaign topics on the political agenda…

3. What was a highlight in your campaign so far?
Not so many highlights to share given the early stage of development of our Campaign. I would pick-up some encouraging discussions with Members of Parliaments willing to support the Movement and, of course, meeting of inspiring, creative and dedicated activists.

4. What are your plans for the next months?
The agenda is quite packed! Developing and implementing training sessions to be included in training of youth workers, at local and national levels, organizing a national training course on the Campaign topics and develop a network of online activists are on the to-do list. Develop the visibility of the Movement in France is also a key priority of ours.

Data ultimo aggiornamento: 09/02/2015