The European Union and Council of Europe joint programme Partnership for Good Governance continues to promote equality and non-discrimination aiming at:

  • improving record of reforms to combat discrimination, hatred, and racism in line with European standards, including to better protect ethnic and sexual minorities.
  • Reinforcing national remedies against hate speech.
  • continuing the work initiated with state institutions to respond to discrimination and hate crime, in line with national reforms.
  • working with non-state stakeholders and local institutions to improve their understanding of equality and diversity, better outreach to the victims from vulnerable groups.
  • improving cooperation among stakeholders to prevent and combat hate speech, including better protection of vulnerable groups and more accessible redress mechanisms in line with European standards and best practices.
  • further improving data collection on hate crime grounds at regional level, improving the response to hatred and racism by equality bodies and law enforcement; and working with civil society organizations and Young European Ambassadors providing them with knowledge and tools to better address hatred and racism, and to promote equality and diversity in their societies.

The third phase of the Partnership for Good Governance includes five country-specific and one regional projects implemented in this thematic area. The country-specific projects will contribute to sustain the results achieved under the second phase of the Partnership for Good Governance at regional level and will further contribute to strengthen the capacities of the national authorities to respond to the remaining challenges.

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"Speak peace! Hate speech is not an option" explores the concepts of hate speech, its manifestations, its risks for human rights and democracies. This booklet was developed for any person, civil society organisations and others who feel the need to understand the phenomenon of hate speech better and wish to do something to combat hate speech, taking a stance against it in diverse societies they live in. It provides explanations about hate speech as well as proposals for actions to prevent and fight hate speech.

This video was created within joint programmes of the European Union and the Council of Europe, the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) and the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (HF), in particular the action “Promotion of diversity and equality in the Western Balkans” (HF) and the project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Eastern Partnership” (PGG).

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List of Partnership for Good Governance projects on non-discrimination


Promoting equality and non-discrimination in Armenia

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Promoting equality in Azerbaijan

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Combating hate speech in Georgia

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Combating discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Republic of Moldova

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Combating hate speech in Ukraine

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Promoting equality and non-discrimination: towards more resilient and inclusive societies

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