HRH Zagreb: Further measures to tackle hate speech

Human Rights House Zagreb and partners have built on their many activities addressing hate speech and hate crimes, as they upgrade their online tool that connects the Croatian public with mechanisms to address hate speech.

The tool dostajemrznje.org defines hate speech and informs users about rights and prohibitions related to hate speech in the context of freedom of expression. More than this, it enables members of the public to alert about the occurrence of hate speech in the public space. The administrators of the tool then verify the source of information before submitting officially to competent public authorities.

The goal of the tool is not only to intervene to eliminate hate speech, but also to raise public awareness of expression that is incompatible with a democratically organised society that is open to all people, regardless of which social group they belong to.

Dostajeznje.org was launched by Human Rights House Zagreb, Centre for Peace Studies and GONG in 2016 as a response to the frequent presence of hate speech and its devastating effect on social cohesion and values of pluralism, interculturalism and tolerance. It was created as part of the project Against Hate, which was funded by the European Union Program on Rights, Equality and Citizenship (2014-2020).

With regards to related upcoming events, Human Rights House Zagreb will take part in the international conference “Good practices in combating hate crime and hate speech” to be held on 21 October 2019 in Zagreb.

Human Rights House Zagreb’s focus on hate crime

Human Rights House Zagreb deepened its research and activities addressing hate crimes and hate speech, and the presumption of innocence in Croatia, through reports and events in June 2019.

In 2018, the House and its member organisations carried out research, raised awareness, and offered practical guidance on the issues of hate crime and hate speech.

In October 2016, Human Rights House Zagreb and Gong held a public discussion on hate speech, and launched initiatives to combat hate speech and other speech that is unacceptable in the public space in a democratic society.

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