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Europeiska kommissionen har beviljat medel för projektet GENHA Hate speech, gender, social networks and political parties inom ramen för programmet Justice Programme (JUST) Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC).

Projektet är komparativt och omfattar fyra juridiska institutioner i Spanien, Italien, Ungern och Sverige. Juridiska institutionen vid Handelshögskolan, Göteborgs universitet har tilldelats 80.725 EUR.

Den svenska delen av projektet leds av Eva-Maria Svensson, professor i rättsvetenskap. Moa Bladini, lektor i straffrätt, kommer att genomföra en större del av arbetet i projektet.

I korthet om GENHA:

Hate speech has increased considerably in the new communication context of TICs and social networks, against certain groups of the population on the grounds of their race, ethnic minority, sexual orientation, religious belief, gender or sex. Not all hate speech becomes later on hate crimes, but it is rare to find a hate crime without a previous process of stigmatization and dehumanization of the victims, resulting in a clear link between the hate speech and the hate crimes. The rising of extreme right political parties in Europe, as in other parts of the world, that have embraced different types of hate speech as part of their ideological programme use the internet and social networks as basic communication and dissemination information tools. The hate speech against gender theories (“the ideology of gender”) is probably one of the most invisible and recent types of hate speech.

The general objective of the project would be to identify and analyse how the hate speech against the ‘ideology of gender’ has been appropriated by extreme right political parties in Europe using the social networks and internet, and to propose which type of legal and public policies the Member States and the European Union can implement to protect the human rights at stake.