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Call for recognition of 22 July as European Day for Victims of Hate Crime

After the commemoration ceremony held today in Oslo for the victims of the brutal attacks of 22 July 2011, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the Speaker of the Storting Olemic Thommessen have called for 22 July to be recognised as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime.

“It has been four years since the tragic events in Oslo and Utøya took place. The reality we face today is much more worrying than we would have thought four years ago: hatred and intolerance have become even more widespread in Europe, when they should have no place in our democratic societies,” said the two Presidents.

“We need this European day to show solidarity with all those who have been victims of hate crime, to enable people to recognise these human rights violations and to promote a wide and inclusive effort to combat hate.”