We have joined the No Hate Speech Movement and No Hate Speech Movement Ireland‘s campaign for July 22nd, the day of the attacks on Oslo and Utøya in Norway, to be marked as a European Day for Victims of Hate Crime. The purpose is to establish a European Day on 22 July as a means to give recognition to the problem of hate crime in Europe, to give voice to the victims and targets, to express solidarity and re-affirm commitment to monitor, to enforce the law and to educate and raise awareness so that such crimes are condemned and prevented. The initiative has received the support of the Support Group of the Victims of 22 July, the Norwegian Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. You can read the details of the idea and the concept of the European Day here. Additionally, we believe that this campaign can help us keep the hate crime on the media, political and public agenda after the recent ICCL launch of proposed hate crime legislation based on research by the University of Limerick’s Hate and Hostility Research Group.
Here is how you can support it:
1. SIGN THE PETITION
Sign and promote the PETITION for the official recognition ofEuropean Day for Victims of Hate Crime on 22 July.
2. SHARE A STORY ABOUT PEOPLE TARGETED BY HATE CRIME
The aim is to show that behind the statistics there are real people and through them to raise public awareness on the size of the problem. The stories can be shared directly by the victims or through organisations working with them. The collected stories will be shared online on the No Hate Speech Movement platform at its social media. Click here for the guidelines.
3. CONTACT POLITICIANS FOR MAKING STATEMENTS
It was agreed that INAR will contact politicians in our database and we would like to encourage you to do the same. The purpose of this call is to invite politicians on all levels and all directions to make a public statement on the 22nd July to express solidarity with victims of hate crime and to call for political action to prevent, seek for justice and take proper policy measures on all related fields. Here is what you can do:
- EMAIL – here is a sample text of a letter that you can email.
- ON FACEBOOK: Share this general callout on our Facebook page with politicians you know.
- ON TWITTER: Tweet this request: On 22 July we invite politicians to express solidarity with victims of hate crime #nohatespeech http://bit.ly/2207nohate
4. PROMOTE THE CAMPAIGN ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
- PETITION: Share and tweet the petition on your social media. Always use #nohatespeech so we can retweet you.
- FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Help the No Hate Speech Movement Ireland grow to 2000 likes by asking your followers and friends to like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NoHateSpeechIreland and to follow them on Twitter: @NoHateIreland ; Hashtag: #nohatespeech
- ADD A BADGE: how your solidarity with victims of hate crime by adding the black heart badge to your profile or change the picture to the black heart (click to download the picture).
5. ORGANISE LOCAL OFFLINE ACTIONS
The No Hate Speech Movement provides the following guidelines as recommendations for organising local or national offline actions in support of the European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime on the 22nd July.