With the internet awash with online hatred, there is an urgent need to take a comprehensive, rights-based approach to stem the tide, urged FRA’s Director during discussions with EU Justice ministers. The working lunch debate focused on the code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online signed one year ago by the European Commission and IT companies.
Over the last decade, new fundamental rights laws and policies have been adopted and specialist institutions created. But fundamental rights challenges still remain and rights are under attack, underlining the lack of a fundamental rights culture across institutions and societies, as the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals in its 2017 Fundamental Rights Report.
The Agency gave a presentation to six OSCE missions in the South East Europe region as well as OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on 11 May on measuring and improving the collection of hate crime data.
During a UN panel debate on racial profiling, the Agency focused on the challenges of confronting incitement to hatred and discriminatory ethnic profiling, while guaranteeing security and safety of EU residents and respecting fundamental rights.
Promoting inclusion and mutual respect through education and strong positive narratives are essential to prevent incitement to hatred and counter hate speech in the digital age, the heads of three European human rights institutions said in a joint statement on today’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The Council of Europe’s programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) will begin its ‘HELP in the 28’ course ‘Fight against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia’ on 6 February in Rome.