The pimp and the NGO

Picture this: A procurer, under rougher circumstances also called “pimp”, opens his doors and welcomes the team of an NGO that spreads awareness on HIV and AIDS. Not just that, this NGO is also planning on cheering up the sex workers in order to facilitate their life.  Sounds interesting? Let me explain further.  Red Umbrella […]

Football For All !

United Society of Balkans and Refugee Trauma Initiative organized ‘’Football for All’’ event on February 5th at the All Star Sport Center. During this event held between the organisations,  young refugees and volunteers played football together. With the football for all project, United Society of Balkans wants to show that everyone can play football, everywhere, […]

Thessaloniki Pride 2021

How to be gay in Thessaloniki

Being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community is not easy. That’s a fact. Right now, in the 21st century, there are still 69 countries that have laws that criminalise homosexuality. In four countries being gay can even mean death on a completely legal basis (Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan). Still, there are places in the […]

The country where everything is prohibited : IRAN

How can we be sure of our freedoms? Is freedom simply the lack of four walls? Imagine someone interfering with your appearance or the music you are listening to. Let me extend even further: someone who interferes with your beliefs, the food you consume, the people you hang out with…  This person isn’t a member […]

Gisèle Halimi – Portrait

Gisèle Halimi, (1927-2020). She was an influential French lawyer, woman politician, author and a feminist activist who dedicated her life to the “Cause des Femmes” (The cause of women). She was born as Zeiza Gisèle Élise Taïeb on July 27 in Tunisia in 1927 to a poor conservative Jewish family at the time when the […]

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When Freedom of Expression Becomes Hate Speech

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When Freedom of Expression Becomes Hate Speech
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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.

HUMAN RIGHTS 101: Everything you need to know

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 […]

Walk For Freedom: anti-human trafficking walk

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 […]