Victims of Hate Crime

9 July, 2013
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Valentina Carta
July 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

Hate Speech Watch will focus on hate crime for the month of July. This is  to commemorate all victims of hate crime. For this day the No Hate Speech Movement is taking important steps to make 22nd July a European Day of Solidarity with Victims of Hate Crime. To highlight the cause we are inviting you to report all hate speech that you think can lead to hate crime. We are focusing on this because hate speech breeds hate crime.

Hate speech and hate crime are interconnected because hate based violence usually occurs as a result of speech inciting or encouraging violence. Individuals can become targets of hate crime acts because of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability and many other characteristics. There is a growing need for urgent measures to be taken by governments and society to buck this trend. And this intolerance is why it is of the utmost importance for us to combat hate speech first.We are inviting you, online activists and followers of the Movement, to contribute to our campaign by using Hate Speech Watch. Identifying hate speech that incites violence and reporting it here enables the No Hate Speech Movement to raise awareness of how hate speech can be dangerous.

What is Hate Crime?Hate crimes are violent acts against individuals or property. Individuals especially may be the victims or targets of these violent acts because of preconceived ideas of their identity in society. Hostility and prejudice, which can lead to discrimination, can be aimed towards a person's religion, sexual orientation, gender, transgender identity, nationality, ethinicity, disability and more. When someone uses hate speech it can inspire or incite others to partake in violent actions against a group of people. This is why it's important to talk about hate speech when consider hate crime.

What is the impact of hate crime? Crimes motivated by hatred and prejudice happen in every country of Europe. Hate crime impacts human rights at three levels: individual, ‘group’ and society. At individual level, hate crime discriminates individuals and strips them of their basic human 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 can jeopardise the human rights of vulnerable people.
Why the 22nd July? The Oslo attacks and Utøya massacre claimed a total of 77 lives on the 22nd July 2011, many of which were young people participating in a political summer school. The attacks were motivated by extreme right ideology and racial hatred. The perpetrator viewed all the victims as traitors for supporting immigration and multiculturalism. The attacks on 22nd July are the deadliest in the recent hsitory of Europe and they brought back to the public attention a deeply-rooted problem that affects Europe in its entirety.


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