LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Hate speech in the EU institutions

ILGA-Europe, together with ENAR (European Network Against Racism), also monitors incidents of hate speech in the European Union (EU).

During the campaign for the 2014 European Elections, we engaged in a campaign monitoring action. As an outcome, a report was produced, documenting more than 40 cases of intolerant campaign speech across Europe. This report is available here and includes a short description of all cases, five of which involve current elected Members of the European Parliament.

After the European elections in May 2014, a new European Parliament was elected, and a new Commission voted in. The new European political landscape has changed, and numerous Members of the European Parliament from new or formerly absent parties made their entry in the Parliament, some expressing clear anti-human rights views.

Indeed, the opposition to the rights of LGBTI people that we have witnessed for many years seems to be increasing. There is still a very loud but small number of organisations behind it. Debates in the LIBE Committee (the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs), as well as in the plenary of the European Parliament have seen forms of bias-motivated speech, including derogatory, homophobic and transphobic remarks, with some incidents amounting to hate speech. This evolution can also be linked to increasing manifestations of xenophobia and racism in European politics.

Therefore, we invite you to document any incident of hate speech targeting minorities within EU institutions, perpetrated by political and institutional leaders and actors. Our reporting form allows you to objectively report these incidents. Public figures, including politicians, should be held accountable whenever they contribute to spreading hatred. We developed this form to identify, recognise and measure the effects of political hate speech in EU institutions. The form can be used to report hate speech observed in the European Parliament, but also by actors from other institutions such as the Commission or the Council. The forms of hate speech that will be documented include intolerant remarks, racist or derogative expressions, as well as incitement to violence, hostility or discrimination and the use of stereotypes.

The individual reports will be analysed and compiled in regular reports. The information gathered will be treated confidentially.

ILGA-Europe and ENAR will use the collected data to achieve the following objectives:

  • Systematically collect evidence of intolerant political and institutional actors’ positions and of the derogatory forms of speech used.
  • Provide evidence of the nature of hate speech, including in some cases by important political actors.
  • Engage in a dialogue with institutions, political parties and foundations, both at national and EU level, in order to build together prevention and reaction tools and reinforce Europe’s democratic and inclusive political culture.

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