EU: Greater institutional commitment needed to prevent hate speech

The European Union Office and the Council of Europe have launched today a joint raising awareness initiative “Block Hatred. Spread love.”

It was stressed here that greater institutional commitment is needed to prevent hate speech, especially on social networks.

The head of the EU Office, Thomas Szunyog, said that the European Union is working intensively to respond to hate speech.

“Hatred affects human rights. The issues that need to be addressed are numerous. The EU is working to respond to hate speech on gender equality. Cases of online hate speech, including the role of these people, are rarely used by the court.”

The Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti said that the government is committed to improving the well-being of all citizens, regardless of ethnicity.

“Such campaigns are necessary for an equal society. Human communications and interactions are no less important. The virus has made us think about all our lives. All people are born free and equal. The government is committed to the well-being of all citizens regardless of age and gender. We are committed to working for an inclusive society. Yesterday we approved the program for the promotion of human rights. We are committed to implementing the measures provided by the convention for the prevention of domestic violence against women,” Kurti said.

Verena Taylor, from the Council of Europe, said it was important to address this issue, to pave the way for harmonious living.

“Hate speech is threatening and prejudicial against certain groups. The Council of Europe is leading the ‘Block Hate’ campaign with other partners. Prime Minister, it is very important that you are here, I think we will probably be able to be more open to getting to know each other.”

Meanwhile, the People’s Advocate, Naim Qelaj, said that technology has enabled many people to abuse the freedom of expression.

“I am honored to join the ‘Block Hate’ campaign to respect the rights of individuals. The opportunity to express one’s opinion represents the foundation of a democratic society. Today the internet has radically changed our lives. We can express our words and thoughts freely. This not only enables the exchange of ideas, but it has also enabled the misuse of freedom of expression,” he said.