The Youth Department of the Council of Europe organized a training course for young bloggers and online activists concerned by human rights violations online, including hate speech, discrimination, xenophobia and racism. The training course and a long term campaign against hate speech online is scheduled to take
place between May 2012 and December 2013.
The first stage of the training course and campaign was a residential seminar at the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary, between 20-27 May 2012. The one-week training seminar brought together 30 bloggers, human rights activists and representatives of youth organizations across Europe.
Civitaswas represented at the residential seminar by Zuzeeko Tegha Abeng, founder and Secretary General.
Other participants and activists came from England, Austria, Turkey, Greece, Sweden, Portugal, Bulgaria, Serbia, Yemen, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, France, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Moldova, Netherlands and Romania.
The aim of the project of the Council of Europe’s Youth Department is to combat hate speech, racism and discrimination in their online expressions by equipping activists and youth organizations with the necessary skills and competences needed to identify and take action against such human rights violations online. The project stems from the worrying rise of hate speech online.
The second stage of the training course is distance
learning through the e-learning platform of the Council of Europe. E-learning, campaign and network activities will take place between May 2012 – December 2013.