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International Conference – Tackling the impact of hate speech on our lives and society: A comprehensive approach towards prevention of hate involving policy makers and young people

On 25 June 2022, the International Conference Tackling the Impact of Hate Speech on Our Lives and Society: A Comprehensive Approach Towards Prevention of Hate Involving Policy Makers and Young People brought together in Cluj-Napoca educational professionals, representatives of NGOs, minorities and vulnerable groups, students and youth, and general public interested in the topic of hate speech, a sharply increasing phenomenon across Europe.

The international conference, moderated by Aleksandrs Milovs from Participation for All (Latvia), aimed to discuss the impact of hate speech on individuals, communities, and the European Union and to introduce solutions in order to combat and prevent incitement to hatred while emphasizing the role of young people, the educational system and civic activism.

Kai Brand-Jacobsen, President of the Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR opened the first session of the Conference with an introduction into the current situation of hate speech and its impact in Europe, while highlighting the relation between hate and extremism. Ramona Chiriac, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Romania emphasized the importance of a joined-up approach on tackling the challenges posed by hate speech in Europe, while reminding of existing initiatives of the European Commission on this phenomenon. 

Her address in the event can be viewed on our dedicated Facebook page, please click here . 

A general presentation of the project and its conclusions were drawn by the project manager Jekaterina Tumule from the Latvian Centre for Human Rights. The findings of the comparative report “Hate speech and Euroscepticism in Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia” were presented by prof. Doctor honoris causa Anna Krasteva. The research was conducted in 6 EU member states and it outlines parallels between Eurosceptic discourse and incitement to hate, with examples of best practices and recommendations on measures for combating hate speech.

The second session of the Conference was a space that gave recognition and visibility to the local youth events organized in all the project partners countries, where Natalja Gudakovska from the Latvian Participation for All presented their outcomes and shared messages from youth across Europe about tackling hate speech. Our colleague, Dr. Dana Dolghin, followed by introducing the audience to the changing landscape on hate speech in a Romanian context.

The third session of the Conference consisted of two interactive workshops. Tina Đaković and Sara Sinčić from the Human Rights House Zagreb, Croatia, facilitated a workshop on the topic of hate speech and freedom of speech: limits, challenges and solutions, whereas Kai Brand-Jacobsen from PATRIR facilitated a workshop that focused on a comprehensive approach to addressing and overcoming hate: experiences from the EU and globally.

The International Conference ended with sharing conclusions from the workshops and a discussion on the further steps to addressing and combating hate speech.

The conference “Tackling the Impact of Hate Speech on Our Lives and Society: A Comprehensive Approach Towards Prevention of Hate Involving Policy Makers and Young People” was organized in the framework of the “Active European Citizens Against Hate Speech” project. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the new generation of European citizens about the impact of hate speech on democratic participation and European values. The project is implemented by the “Latvian Centre for Human Rights” (project coordinator), “Participation for All” (Latvia), “Estonian Human Rights Centre”, “Human Rights Monitoring Institute” (Lithuania), “Multi Kulti Collective” (Bulgaria), “Human Rights HouseZagreb” (Croatia), “Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania -PATRIR”. The project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

International Conference – Tackling the impact of hate speech on our lives and society: A comprehensive approach towards prevention of hate involving policy makers and young people


Abordarea impactului discursului instigator la ură asupra vieții și societății: Un demers cuprinzător al prevenirii urii prin implicarea factorilor de decizie politică și a tinerilor


Saturday, 25 June 2022, 10:00 – 18:00
Cluj-Napoca – Cluj Hub

The Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR and the other partners of the project “Active European Citizens Against Hate Speech” are inviting local authorities and policy makers, educational professionals, NGOs, especially those who are working with vulnerable groups and youth, social and youth workers, young people, representatives of minorities and other interested people to spend a meaningful day at the international conference “Impact of hate speech on lives and society: comprehensive approach towards prevention of hate involving policy makers and young people”. The conference will be held on 25 June 2022, in Cluj-Napoca. All EU member states, including Romania, during the past few years have been strongly affected by Covid-19 pandemic and since 24 February 2022 by war in Ukraine. Even though hate speech is not a new phenomenon, the times of global crisis show how hate speech fuels the existing tensions within the societies. We can hardly find a person who would not witness or has not been personally affected by hate speech during these times. Hate speech has a potential to incite violence, undermine social cohesion and safety, cause psychological, emotional and physical harm. Moreover, history and recent events show that war crimes, genocide and other atrocity crimes begin with words and spread propaganda of hatred. Therefore, there is a collective responsibility to address hate speech and promote peace building online and offline making our communities safer.

The international conference will aim to discuss the impact of hate speech on individuals, communities, and the European Union and to introduce solutions for combating and prevention of incitement to hatred emphasizing the role of young people, educational system and civic activism.


The first session of the conference will be devoted to the presentation of the results of a comparative report “Hate speech and Euroscepticism in Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia”, which maps tendencies and challenges of spread of hate speech and outlines parallels between Eurosceptic discourse and incitement to hatred. The research provides examples of the best practices and recommendations on measures for combating hate speech. During the second session we will share the outcomes of local youth events organised in all project partner cities, including Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and present messages by young people to their peers all over EU, policy makers and the European Parliament. The third session will take a form of interactive workshops focusing on further solutions concerning three actual topics:
– dilemma between the hate speech and freedom of speech: how it can be addressed using human rights-based approach and what is the role of youth;
– spread of online hate speech: why social media makes us more polarized and is there a way how to fix it;
– hate speech and peace building: how a peacebuilding approach can be applied to tackling hate and extremism in Europe and more broadly in our world today.


The conference will end-up with “living-library” – stories of individuals representing diversity of Romanian society who were affected by hate speech. The “living-library” is an opportunity to meet different people in specially organised space and form giving opportunity to discover the real stories of people’s lives and experiences. During a safe and friendly conversion participants have an opportunity to ask any question in order to get to know more about the life of a particular person by challenging own stereotypes and prejudices. Participation in the conference is free-of-charge.

In order to register for the conference fill-in the online form: https://forms.gle/jNv4DP6gkj5Qu6o37  by 17 June 2022.

Conference Programme EN

 

 Institutul Român pentru Pace – PATRIR și ceilalți parteneri ai proiectului “Active European Citizens Against Hate Speech” invită autoritățile locale și factorii de decizie politică, profesioniștii din domeniul educației, ONG-urile, în special cele care lucrează cu grupurile vulnerabile și cu tinerii, asistenții sociali și de tineret, tinerii, reprezentanții minorităților și alte persoane interesate să petreacă o zi plină de semnificație la conferința internațională “Impactul discursului instigator la ură asupra vieții și a societății: o abordare cuprinzătoare a prevenirii urii care să implice factorii de decizie politică și tinerii”. Conferința va avea loc pe 25 iunie 2022, în Cluj-Napoca.

În ultimii ani, toate statele membre ale UE, inclusiv România, au fost puternic afectate de pandemia Covid-19, iar din 24 februarie 2022 de războiul din Ucraina. Chiar dacă discursul instigator la ură nu este un fenomen nou, vremurile de criză globală arată cum acesta alimentează tensiunile existente în
cadrul societăților. Cu greu putem găsi o persoană care să nu fie martoră sau să nu fi fost afectată personal de discursul instigator la ură în aceste perioade.
Discursul instigator la ură are potențialul de a incita la violență, de a submina coeziunea și siguranța socială, de a provoca daune psihologice, emoționale și fizice. Mai mult, istoria și evenimentele recente arată că crimele de război, genocidul și alte crime atroce încep cu cuvintele și răspândesc propaganda urii. Prin urmare, există o responsabilitate colectivă de a aborda discursul instigator la ură și de a promova consolidarea păcii online și offline, făcând comunitățile noastre mai sigure.


Conferința internațională va avea ca scop discutarea impactului discursului instigator la ură asupra indivizilor, comunităților și Uniunii Europene și introducerea de soluții pentru combaterea și prevenirea incitării la ură, subliniind rolul tinerilor, al sistemului educațional și al activismului civic.

Prima sesiune a conferinței va fi dedicată prezentării rezultatelor unui raport comparativ “Discursul instigator la ură și euroscepticismul în România, Croația, Bulgaria, Letonia, Lituania și Estonia”, care cartografiază tendințele și provocările răspândirii discursului de ură și subliniază paralelele dintre
discursul eurosceptic și incitarea la ură. Cercetarea oferă exemple de cele mai bune practici și recomandări privind măsurile de combatere a discursului instigator la ură.
În cadrul celei de-a doua sesiuni vom împărtăși rezultatele evenimentelor locale pentru tineri organizate în toate orașele partenere ale proiectului, inclusiv Cluj-Napoca și București și vom prezenta mesajele tinerilor către colegii lor din întreaga UE, către factorii de decizie politică și către
Parlamentul European. Cea de-a treia sesiune va lua forma unor ateliere de lucru interactive, axate pe soluții suplimentare privind trei subiecte actuale:
– dilema dintre discursul instigator la ură și libertatea de exprimare: cum poate fi adresată folosind o abordare bazată pe drepturile omului și care este rolul tinerilor;
– răspândirea discursului instigator la ură online: de ce mass-media socială ne polarizează tot mai mult și dacă există o modalitate de a remedia această situație;
– discursul instigator la ură și consolidarea păcii: cum poate fi aplicată o abordare de consolidare a păcii pentru a aborda ura și extremismul în Europa și, în general, în lumea de
astăzi. Conferința se va încheia cu o “bibliotecă vie” – povești ale unor persoane reprezentând diversitatea societății românești care au fost afectate de discursul instigator la ură. “Living-library” este o oportunitate de a întâlni diferite persoane într-un spațiu special organizat și oferă ocazia de a descoperi poveștile reale ale vieții și experiențelor oamenilor. În cadrul unei conversii sigure și prietenoase, participanții au ocazia de a pune orice întrebare pentru a afla mai multe despre viața unei anumite persoane, punând la îndoială propriile stereotipuri și prejudecăți. Participarea la conferință este gratuită.

Pentru a vă înscrie la conferință, completați formularul online: https://forms.gle/jNv4DP6gkj5Qu6o37 până în 17 iunie 2022.
Conferința este organizată în cadrul proiectului “Active European Citizens Against Hate Speech”. Scopul proiectului este de a crește gradul de conștientizare a noii generații de cetățeni europeni cu privire la impactul discursului instigator la ură asupra participării democratice și a valorilor europene. Proiectul este pus în aplicare de către “Latvian Centre
for Human Rights” (coordonator de proiect), “Participation for All” (Letonia), “Estonian Human Rights Centre”, “Human Rights Monitoring Institute” (Lituania), “Multi Kulti Collective” (Bulgaria), “Human Rights House Zagreb” (Croația), “Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania – PATRIR”. Proiectul este cofinanțat de Programul “Europa pentru cetățeni” al Uniunii Europene
 
Youth Live #2: Escape!
The second Youth Live event of the Shaping the Future of Europe Initiative aims to bring once again youth together and provide a space to socialise in a healthy, safe and fun environment. In this edition, we have decided to introduce you to our first Escape Room!
The idea of this activity is to give every participant a voice and the chance to engage during our event!  You will only have to get involved, find the clues and escape, while also engaging with other young people across Europe!
Captured in 5 monthly sessions, Youth Live as an activity aimed to arrange thematic activities ranging from games to cultural exchanges to provide an informal, fun and relaxed environment for youth to engage.
The event is organised by the DO ONE BRAVE THING project, as part of The Shaping the Future of Europe Initiative which aims to bring together European youth, youth organisations and CSOs addressing polarisation, radicalisation, youth civic engagement and participation. You can find more information here.

Addressing Radicalisation, Extremism, Fake News and Hate in Romania: Our Situation Today; The Field of “What’s being done” in Romania; Improving Policy and Practice; Solutions & Future Directions

Addressing Radicalisation, Extremism, Fake News and Hate in Romania is the first National Conference of its kind in Romania which will bring together the breadth of leading experts and academics, policy makers, civil society organisations, front line practitioners and national and local government authorities and institutions working to address the phenomena and dynamics of radicalisation, growing extremism, fake news and ‘hate’ in Romania.

The National Conference will take place online and include a range of workshops, seminars, case studies, practitioners’ forums and presentations from experts, national and local government institutions, civil society organisations, and European Commission projects implemented in Romania.

You can find more on the event’s page: Romanian/English.

Save the Date: European Conference on Preventing Polarisation & Violent Radicalisation: How to Strengthen Resilience (Online)

The European Conference on Preventing Polarisation & Violent Radicalisation: How to Strengthen Resilience will take place online from 26 to 29 April 2021. It is organized by the CHAMPIONs project together with six other ISF-P funded projects. In workshops, lectures and panel discussions we aim at an Europe-wide exchange on current phenomena of radicalization and polarization as well as shed light on various possibilities for strengthening resilience in our communities.  We are looking forward to your participation. You can find more information here.

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2019

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2017

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2016

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