René Cassin and the Traveller Movement launch a new anti-hate speech campaign calling for more respectful language in politics

14 Oct, 2019 | Latest, Press releases and statements

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On Wednesday the 16 of October, René Cassin and the Traveller Movement will launch a new anti-hate speech campaign.

The #Cut It Out campaign aims to tackle hate speech and inflammatory rhetoric in politics against ethnic minorities or religious groups. By cutting out words that show who the hate is being directed at, we reveal that hate speech is unacceptable in all its forms.

Research has shown time and again that racist or derogatory language by politicians against minority groups can lead to a spike in hate crimes, while racist and irresponsible reporting in the media can lead to a backlash against all community members. This is unacceptable. René Cassin and The Traveller Movement are working to challenge this and instead promote inclusive and values-driven language.

The campaign calls on politicians to sign a pledge, and to challenge their fellow politicians when they use hateful language. 

Mia Hasenson-Gross, CEO of René Cassin said:  intolerance and hostility towards any community is unacceptable and stands in stark contrast to our values. calling out abusive or inflammatory speech used by parliamentarians, or any elected representative, is crucial. We are calling on all politicians to cut it out.

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