About The Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine beginning in December 2006, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International (AI) and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative network in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way.

22 July - Europe Day for the Victims of Hate Crime

As you read this post now someone falls victim to hate crime in Europe. In most cases this crime will go unreported and not investigated. Hate crimes are criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice towards particular groups of people. Violence and crime known as hate crime are motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, a person or group disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political views or any other forms of intolerance based on any forms of discrimination of hatred. Since hate speech may encourage or accompany hate crime, the two are interlinked.

On 22 July 2011, 77 people fell victims of hate crime in Norway, including 66 young people from Utøya youth camp. To commemorate this day is to honour the victims. And to show solidarity with many other victims, visible and invisible, who are targeted because of their identity. Solidarity is central to the values of the No Hate Speech Movement: human rights are for everyone and everyone has a role to play in defending them; we are not campaigning for our individual rights, we are campaign for everyone’s rights; campaigning together is also an exercise of solidarity. The No Hate Speech Movement has achieved considerable support for 22 July to be proclaimed as Europe Day for the Victims of Hate Crime, including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. But we need to campaign further for this to be effectively decided: this upcoming Action Day is therefore still dedicated to the same purpose. Please sign the petition and contact your politicians. Solidarity is what will keep us going!

Take Action for the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime

The activists and supporters of the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech Movement initiated a petition towards the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2013 to establish a European Day for Victims of Hate Crime on 22 July, the day of the attacks on Oslo and Utøya in Norway.

The initiative has received the support of the Support Group of the Victims of 22 July, the Norwegian Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - read the details of the idea and the concept of the European Day. We call on all activists to take part in this action day by expressing solidarity online with victims of hate crime. Simple actions: join the online community by adding the Black Heart logo of the Day to your Facebook profile photo with the help of Picabadge or change your profile photo to the Black Heart. Other actions proposed: Sign the petition, Write a story; Contact Politicians; Offline actionReport hate speechShare blog posts; Follow the Day on Facebook.