In recent years, the increase of hate speech throughout Europe has contributed to electoral victories of nationalist parties and the radicalisation of far-right movements, fueling hate crimes and violence towards marginalised groups, as well as democracy, equality and the rule of law across the continent. The current political narrative, shaped by hate speech and far-right proponents, led national governments to make policy choices that often restrain fundamental rights of people in Europe. As illiberal democracies seem to be on the rise, we are once again moving into a period of strengthening domestic positions through demonising minority groups.
"Countering Hate Speech & Far-Right Radicalism in Europe!" is an Online Course (which took place in 2018 based on several onsite trainings that happened in March and May 2018 in the CEE region) for activists, students and passionate citizens from all over Europe who wanted to get a deep insight into hate speech and far-right radicalism to fight everyday discrimination, stigmatization and direct attacks on women, LGBTQI+, Sinti and Roma, migrants and refugees, and minority faith communities in the public space and on social media. Based on a human rights perspective, the course explored these questions and the actions that can be undertaken to effectively counter hate and promote open, diverse and inclusive societies. Participants in this online course got the opportunity to review expert content developed by European Alternatives in Cooperation with Sharing Perspectives Foundation. In addition, they were encouraged to putting their own experiences, values and perspectives on the forefront while engaging with peers through Virtual Exchange.