20 July 2016 Cidadania Ativa

July 22: European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crimes

An initiative of the Council of Europe in which we all can participate.

On July 22, 2011, in Utøya and Oslo, Norway, 77 people were massacred in attacks motivated by extreme right-wing ideology and racial hatred. Brought to justice, the offender considered all these people to be traitors for supporting immigration and multiculturalism.

Hate speech and hate crimes are attacks against human rights, affecting the whole society. Incitement to hatred contextualizes hate crimes in a way that dehumanizes its victims and provides justification for all manner of aggression, genocide and ethnic cleansing. Hate crimes happen in every European country – minority groups are the most vulnerable targets, and among the most targeted are the Roma, LGBT people and immigrant communities.

The Campaign against Hate Speech petitioned, with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, for the establishment of a European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crimes. Marked on 22 July, since 2013, it aims to draw attention to hate crimes that occur in Europe, giving voice to the victims, to express solidarity with them, to enhance compliance with the law in this matter and to educate and raise awareness of these crimes so that they are prevented or condemned.

Find more about the Campaign