The Traveller Movement and Rene Cassin call for an end to hate speech in politics

The Traveller Movement and Rene Cassin launch new anti-hate speech campaign calling for more respectful language in politics 

On Wednesday the 16 of October, the Traveller Movement and René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, 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. The Traveller Movement is working with Rene Cassin to challenge this and instead promote inclusive and value-driven language.

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

Yvonne MacNamara CEO of the Traveller Movement said: we continuously challenge politicians who use hateful language against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. We would like to see all politicians sign the Cut It Out pledge, and commit to using respectful and inclusive language when discussing all members of our society.

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.

The campaign launch will take place in the House of Commons to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, 2019. 

Tickets are available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-hate-crime-awareness-week-cut-it-out-tickets-69983766329