[14/10/2019] Berlin, Parliamentary Conference on Counterstrategies against hate-speech – where are we now and what is our goal?

Why do some politicians refer to “waves” of migrants reaching Europe? Should journalists only report on facts or can they also mention possible solutions? Are criminal sanctions the only response to hate speech? These and many other questions were debated in Berlin on 14 October 2019 by members of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, German parliamentarians, human rights activists, journalists and other experts. Through three sessions, participants learnt more about “political framing”, “constructive journalism”, and examples of counter speech actions.

Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the Bundestag and former member of the German government, participated in the opening session together with Andreas Nick, Head of the German delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly, and Gabriela Heinrich, former General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance and initiator of this event. Franziska Giffey, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, opened the second session.

Momodou Malcolm Jallow, newly appointed General Rapporteur and coordinator of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, took the opportunity to present the political priorities for his term in office: strengthening cooperation with civil society organisations and integrating an intersectional approach will be at the forefront of the activities of the Alliance.

Berlin Conference 2019

Origins

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.

  • Strasbourg, 27 June 2017: the Alliance launched the No Hate Certificate.
  • 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, 21 April 2015: The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination appointed Ms Milena Santerini (Italy, SOC) as general rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance and coordinator of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance.
  • Strasbourg, 29 January 2015: the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance was officially launched. On the occasion, an exchange of views on the rise of anti-semitism in Europe was held. Links to first and second press releases for the launch.

No Hate Parliamentary Alliance