No Hate Parliamentary Alliance
Alliance launches No Hate Certificate to acknowledge and make visible the role of civil society in combating intolerance
Co-operating with civil society has been part of the way of functioning of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance from the start. Representatives of associations and non-governmental organisations have been crucial interlocutors and have helped members to understand the reality of hatred, racism and intolerance in Europe today.
The No Hate Parliamentary Alliance has now established a way to acknowledge the role of these actors in supporting its cause, and to promote and make visible the principles enshrined in the Alliance's Charter. Schools, sports clubs, youth and human rights non-governmental organisations, as well as online blogs, pages and new outlets, may be granted a No Hate Certificate which would confirm their contribution to fighting hatred and intolerance in Europe in whatever form it manifests itself. Candidates will be nominated by Alliance members in close co-operation with the No Hate Speech Movement campaign of the Council of Europe's Youth Sector, and by national committees of the campaign itself.
"Certified" entities will be featured in the website and social media of the Alliance and the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly. They will be encouraged to work closely with the Alliance – it is hoped that the Certificate will only be the first step in this direction.
More information on the regulations and nomination form : click here
In follow-up to the Assembly Resolution 1967 (2014) on A strategy to prevent racism and intolerance in Europe, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination has proposed setting up the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, an alliance of parliamentarians who commit to taking open, firm and pro-active stands against racism, hatred and intolerance on whatever grounds and however they manifest themselves. The Alliance is open to members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and to members of delegations having observer and partner for democracy status with the Assembly. Their commitment is formalised by signing the Charter of commitments for membership in the Alliance.
The Alliance is coordinated by the General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, who is supported by the Bureau of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination.
- Sarajevo, 15 December 2016 – national seminar on the role of parliamentarians in combating hate speech (Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina). Link to programme
- Paris, 5 December 2016 – the Alliance held a hearing on violence and discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin. Link to press release
- Paris, 8 September 2016 – National seminar of the Alliance on combating racism, hatred and intolerance in France (Senate).
- Stockholm, 18 May 2016 – the Alliance held a hearing on anti-Gypsyism during a meeting organised at the Swedish parliament. Link
- Rome, 4 April 2016 – Ms Santerini chaired a national seminar of the Alliance focusing on hate speech, with the participation among others of Ms Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, University and Research, and of Mr Michele Nicoletti, Chair of the Italian delegation to PACE. Link
- Strasbourg, 19 November 2015: Ms Santerini presented the No Hate Alliance at the lab on Responses to Hate, moderated by Mr Le Borgn', of the World Forum for Democracy. The Alliance was one of the three initiatives, presented as possible answers to hate speech and discrimination, to be assessed by a panel of international experts, parliamentarians and civil society representatives. Link
- Strasbourg, 29 September 2015: the Alliance approved a roadmap for 2015-2017 and held a hearing on political and media approaches to the refugee and migrant crisis. Link to press release
- Strasbourg, 23 June 2015: the Alliance met jointly with the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable and held a hearing on "Preventing Islamophobia while combating radicalisation of young people". Link to press release
- Paris, 19 March 2015: members of the Alliance met national coordinators of the Council of Europe's Youth Campaign against Hate Speech. On this occasion an exchange of views was held on freedom of speech and hate speech. Link to press release