Freedom of expression is the principle that fosters democratic societies. It is very important to protect it because it allows pluralism of ideas and free communication. Interestingly enough, many Western societies rediscovered the importance of this principle after experiencing strong regimes and consequently included it in their Constitution. However, the downside is represented by the concept of “hate speech”. This term covers any kind of hatred based on intolerance expressed online and offline against groups of people or individuals. We talked about this with Ana Rodrigues Afonso, Psychologist and Human Rights Trainer for the Council of Europe. Together we discussed the impact of Hate speech on society and what can we all do in order to promote tolerance in any kind of public and private debate.
The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in Paris on 10 December 1948 states that: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. World Human Rights Day is celebrated […]
Slavery still exists. Human trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion annually. Every 30 seconds someone becomes a slave. 98% of traffickers are never convicted. Over 27 million people are trapped in slavery. Those slogans are not only numbers, they are facts. Walk For Freedom raises global awareness of humans who are trapped in slavery in […]
Take a shower, pack my things – wallet, phone, do I need my sunglasses too? – and rush out home. The parade is starting in a couple of minutes and I still am a few kilometers away. Could I ever be there on time? Luck is on my side though, as the first bus approaching […]
Today it is Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day. The day was established in 1999 and takes place every year on the 23rd of September. The day is used to make bisexual people more visible and to celebrate the bisexual community. In this article, I discuss the history of this day and why it is important.
Today, the 9th of August, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This day is about centering the indigenous peoples of the world. The United Nations has identified indigenous peoples as one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. In Europe, the Sami people are the only recognized indigenous population. In this article, I will tell you a bit more about this day and the Sami people.
Athens Pride is a wholly voluntary, nonprofit company operating under the Greek Civil Code since 2006. Its primary objective is the organization of the Athens Pride Annual Prize and the Pride Parade. Our volunteers joined the parade, its colorful flags, participants, music and sounds. Feel it through the photos made by Laura Samuilyte For more […]
In 1999, the 25th of November was designated by the United Nations the «International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women».
Nowadays, on this date, campaigns are launched all over the world in order to raise awareness of this worldwide problem. Balkan Hotspot decided to join the cause and created a gallery of impactful images with some quite impressive messages and appeals. Take a look!
The Greek refugee crisis of 2015 sharped the creativity of hundreds of volunteers all around the world to find new ways of helping who was escaping from war, violence and poverty. A shelter and a hot meal were not the only things that refugees had to struggle for once arrived in Greece. The lack of knowledge about their rights and moves to do without being overwhelmed by bureaucracy was a further element of anxiety in their already tricky psychological situation. That is how a group of European volunteers that had met in the Eidomeni Camp decided to create an alternative but not less useful form of support: the mobile info team for refugees in Greece, where the precious cargo to be donated was, specifically, information.
The words of Anna Alboth in December of 2016 created a huge international movement for peace, the Civil March for Aleppo: “I don’t want just to stand for Aleppo. I want to go to Aleppo” (Anna Alboth). To show their solidarity with war victims and to share the peace message. During the journey, more than 3000 people from 55 nationalities joined them “transmitting a strong signal of compassion, hope and love between humans” (Eliza).