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[15/09/2016] Alliance at Conference of Presidents of Parliament

No Hate Parliamentary Alliance

The No Hate Parliamentary Alliance at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament

What is the role of parliaments in response to the migration and refugee crisis? How to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law? How can parliaments counter hate and promote inclusive, non-racist societies? These and many more questions were debated in Strasbourg on 15 and 16 September 2016, at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament.

Over 350 delegates attended the Conference.  Among them, several members of the No Hate Alliance, as well as Ms Anne Brasseur, Ambassador of the Council of Europe No Hate Speech Movement. Together with Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, Ms Brasseur opened one of the three main sections of the Conference, on Mobilisation of parliaments against hate and for inclusive societies. During the debates, the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance was praised on several occasions.

In the lobby of the Assembly Chamber, an information booth was set to up to provide participants with information and documents on the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance and the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign. Parliamentarians, members of the secretariat and several Presidents consulted and collected the Charter of commitments for membership of the No Hate Alliance and various information material. The Golden book of the Alliance has a few more signatories: most notably those of Mr  Vicenç Mateu Zamora, Syndic of the General Council of Andorra, Mr Olemic Thommessen, President of the Norwegian Parliament and Mr Janko Veber, President of the Slovenian Parliament.