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Integrational Conference “Living Together Online: Positive Messengers Promoting tolerance”

The conference, organized by Sofia Development Association in the framework of the project Coalition of Positive Messengers to Counter Online Hate Speech, co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, took place in Sofia on June 21 and 22, 2018. It gathered together around one hundred participants and speakers with 10 countries: Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Georgia, Italy, Romania, Rwanda, Croatia and Czech Republic, among whom the Vice President of Bulgaria Mrs. Iliyana Yotova, Sofia Deputy Mayor Dr. Todor Chobanov, the Deputy Ministers Mrs. Monika Panayotova and Mrs. Denitsa Sacheva.

The conference included diverse formats: panel discussions; workshops on storytelling, on social media campaigns and providing support to hate speech victims; pitching available resources for combating online hate speech; photo exhibition and interactive games.

The conference concluded that since online hate speech is a global phenomenon, the societal response should be equally global and united. “In the refugee and migration crisis aggression, hatred and denial flourished,” said Iliyana Yotova and pointed out that the most important battle we are facing is the battle for the standpoint of youngsters.

According to Malina Edreva, Sofia Municipal Council the challenge for public authorities is to establish a favourable environment: “We consistently convey a policy of fostering tolerance and mutual respect in our city. However, parallel to the physical city, there is a digital city that integrates information and creates public spaces. It is therefore critical to improve our support to NGOs working in that area, to promote good examples and make targeted efforts to make technologies that benefit us all.”

More on the conference and the policy recommendations it produced is available at: www.positivemessengers.net

INTEGRA – City Integration Audit Toolkit

The INTEGRA project has created a toolkit to help cities: elected officials, municipal officers, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, migrant and TCN organizations and the community-at-large audit their city integration policies and practices, ask and answer some fundamental questions, identify bottlenecks and opportunities for TCN integration at local level and develop recommendations for further improvements.

For more information integra-eu.net

(Hrvatski) Sutra je Međunarodni dan za eliminaciju rasne diskriminacije

Sutra, 21. ožujka obilježava se Međunarodni dan za eliminaciju rasne diskriminacije. Rasna i etnička diskriminacija ozbiljne su prepreke u ostvarivanju temeljnih ljudskih prava.

Na današnji dan 1960.godine, prilikom mirnog prosvjeda protiv rasističkih zakona i aparthejda, policija u Južnoafričkoj Republici je ubila 69 osoba. Iako je od tog događaja Južna Afrika odbacila aparthejd, on je potpuno ukinut tek 1994., dolaskom Nelsona Mandele na vlast. Međunarodna zajednica donijela je Međunarodnu konvenciju o ukidanju svih oblika rasne diskriminacije, no, diskriminacija po ovoj osnovi i dalje je prisutna i najbrojnija među pritužbama koje građani za diskriminaciju upućuju pučkoj pravobraniteljici.

Centar za mir Osijek sjećanje na ovaj dan obilježit će u sklopu kampanje protiv govora mržnje na internetu, posebno govora usmjerenog protiv migranata, izbjeglica i tražitelja azila. Uvažavanje različitosti, tolerancija i pluralizam vrijednosti su za koje se Centar za mir- Osijek zalaže i zalagat će se u svojoj budućnosti. Poštujmo pravo na različitost i nikad ne umanjujmo vrijednost drugih!

Ovim putem vas pozivamo da podržite kampanju, te podijelite naš vizual na svojim društvenim mrežama. Budite glasnici pozitivnih poruka protiv govora mržnje na internetu!

Također, pozitivnu poruku možete objaviti i na našoj interaktivnoj platformi projekta: https://www.positivemessengers.net/hr/