Non-discrimination, beyond words

The project aims at raising awareness about the high level of Romanian society to accept and internalise hate speech within the public space and to capacitate citizens to identify, report and combat hate speech, including through de-constructing of bias towards various groups vulenrable to discrimination (mith busting of bias), providing tools and easy access to information.

Not only that formal education, at all levels, is far from being inclusive, but it even discriminates against or build on the prejudice that persist in the society (through school segregation, stereotypical text books etc – as showed in the CLR analyses available at educatiefaradiscriminare.ro and the research report www.crj.ro/nediscriminarea-in-educatie/). Furthermore, the available data show a high level of discrimination against certain groups/ minorities, as well as a low degree of reporting and sanctioning.    

Main activities:

  • Elaboraton of a reseach report on how antidiscrimination legal provisions are accessed in Romania with reference to hate speech and hate crimes, for the last 5 years. The report shall be resumed at the end of the project.
  • Creation of a set of instruments that bust myths, that take apart bias and aim at combating hate speech, starting from the research report and the voices of those directly affected by discrimination: there will be organised meetings with members of vulnerable groups and their organisations in several cities in the country in order to identify their main needs in connection to combating stereotypes and hate speech.
  • A raising-awareness campaign on non-discrimination and hate speech, with the direct participation of vulnerable groups and involvement of the public. The campaign will include thematic meetings all over the country, creativity contests for young people, as well as for journalists, bloggers and vloggers.
  • Monitoring the public discourse and ”sanctioning” hate speech through publishing of legal opinions/ human rights based statements regarding cases of hate speech, lodging complaints to the National Council for Combating Discrimination, the National Audio-visual Council of Romania or through other ways identified as suitable for the ”sanctioning”.  

The project is implemented by the Centre for Legal Resources (CLR) and benefits from a 138,989 euro non-reimbursable grant from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Grants 2014-2021. The total foreseen project budget is of 151,893.50 Euro, with a co-financing from CRJ in amount of 12,904.50 euro. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit www.eeagrants.org. More details about Active Citizens Fund Romania are available at www.activecitizensfund.ro.

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