HATE SPEECH - Public Lecture and Discussion

- normallydifferent

25/11/2015

In democratic societies, characterized by a variety of cultures, ethnicities and human diversities the freedom of speech is guaranteed by European Convention on Human Rights. Parallel with this right is the quest to combating discrimination in all its forms, so that tolerance and respect for the equal dignity of all human beings is embedded into the society. Therefore freedom of expression with it carries a responsibility, as exercising this freedom sometimes is used to incite hatred and intolerance, showing the characteristics of “hate speech”.

To further discuss on this topic normallydifferent, in cooperation with University of Prishtina, Gender Studies Unit, hosted  Dr. Hannes Tretter, a  professor of Human Rights at the University of Vienna and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, who had a public lecture and discussion on Hate Speech on December 1st, 2015, University of Prishtina. Mr. Tretter talked about Freedom of Expression, as protected by Art 10 European Convention of Human Rights and the delicate balancing of freedom of expression and hate speech. He gave an overview of the international law on hate speech and also the EU framework against racism xenophobia. The lecture was concluded with a lively discussion.

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