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Tolerance is Trendy

Combating discrimination Completed
2014-03-01 - 2015-12-31
244 282,41 PLN
213 849,43 PLN
Project description
Roma minority is the most discriminated minority in Poland, which has been demonstrated in the reports from various organizations: Ministry of Administration and Digitization reports for the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights reports and OSCE reports. Recently attacks on Roma community have increased. Disparaging comments are also on the rise online. Authorities of various levels ignore the problem and the discriminated Roma are often unaware of their rights.

The objective of the project was to monitor, document and disseminate information, as well as to intervene in case of intolerance, aggression, discrimination in everyday life and hate speech online targeted at Roma people.

10,566 entries were found online (and archived) insulting Roma minority and inciting hatred against them. As a result of the interventions 4,529 entries were deleted. All over the country 29 cases of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and hate speech against Roma were registered. The project covered also direct legal assistance for the Roma victims. A final Report summarizing project activities and results was published in 600 copies.

A hotline and an online subpage to report discrimination incidents were also developed under the project. The main beneficiaries of the activities were people from the Roma community, who felt threatened by or were the victims/witnesses of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and hate speech.

At least 134 people benefited from the project.