The work of the Council of Europe for democracy is strongly based on education: education in schools, and education as a lifelong learning process of practising democracy, such as in non-formal learning activities. Human rights education and education for democratic citizenship form an integral part of what we have to secure to make democracy sustainable.
Hate speech is one of the most worrying forms of racism and discrimination prevailing across Europe and amplified by the Internet and social media. Hate speech online is the visible tip of the iceberg of intolerance and ethnocentrism. Young people are directly concerned as agents and victims of online abuse of human rights; Europe needs young people to care and look after human rights, the life insurance for democracy.
Bookmarks is published to support the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online. Bookmarks is useful for educators wanting to address hate speech online from a human rights perspective, both inside and outside the formal education system. The manual is designed for working with learners aged 13 to 18 but the activities can be adapted to other age ranges.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 – About the manual
1.1. Introduction to the manual
1.2. The problem of hate speech online
Chapter 2 – No hate speech movement
2.1. About the campaign
2.2. What can young people do?
Chapter 3 – Using the manual
3.1. The need for the manual
3.2. Structure of the manual
3.3. Running the activities
3.4. Ten Do’s and Don’ts
3.5. Themes and questions
Chapter 4 – Activities
Synoptic table of activities
21 activities for combating hate speech online through human rights education
Chapter 5 – Background information
5.1. Hate speech online
5.2. Human rights
5.3. Freedom of expression
5.4. Racism and discrimination
5.5. Private life and safety
5.6. Democracy and participation
5.7. Campaigning strategies
5.8. Internet literacy
5.10. The Council of Europe and hate speech online
Chapter 6 – Appendices
6.1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (summary)
6.2. The European Convention on Human Rights and its protocols (summary)
6.3. Other resources on tackling hate speech online