Hate Crimes: Consequences of hate speech.

27 June, 2014
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June 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

The Hate Speech Watch is focusing on victims of hate crimes in July 2016. The followers of the Movement are invited to FLAG any online hate content that is targeting victims of hate crime, people who already suffered from severe consequences of hate speech or hate speech that may endanger people in real. FLAG hate content that reviles or blasphames victims of hate crimes in history, or victims who suffered and survived hate crimes recently. FLAG the denial of any genocide, or justification of any massacre. FLAG hate speech that encourages people to commit hate crimes and physically attack other people based on their different characteristics. The Movement is inviting YOU to remember all those victims of hate crimes all around Europe and express YOUR solidarity so that it cannot happen agan. Express your views and speak up for human rights for all.

As we write or read this document, someone falls victim to hate crime in Europe. In most cases this crime will go unreported and not investigated. If it will be reported, in many cases it will not be investigated as potential hate crime, if it will be investigated it is more likely there will not be a conviction as hate crime, if there will be no conviction and the dimensions of the problem will not be clear, there will be no measures to prevent hate crime. Hate crimes are criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people. Violence and crime known as hate crime are motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, a person or group disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views or any other forms of intolerance based on any forms of discrimination of hatred. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment and murder. Forms of expression that are motivated by, demonstrate or encourage hostility towards a group - or a person because of their perceived membership of that group - are commonly referred to as “hate speech”. Since hate speech may encourage or accompany hate crime, the two are interlinked. The main reasons for not reporting hate crime by the victims were lack of confidence in police and other state authorities to investigate properly the crimes. In case of less violent incidents, many of the targets consider them to be part of ‘daily life’, showing how deeply embedded racism and discrimination are still in our societies. Hate crime impacts human rights at three levels: individual, ‘group’ and society. At individual level, hate crime discriminates individuals and strips them of their dignity. At group level, hate crimes have the potential to reverberate among followers of the perpetrator, spark discrimination and spread fear and intimidation. At society level, hate crime jeopardises everyone’s human rights.Click here to read more about the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime on the 22nd July 2016. 


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