In March, ENAR and ILGA-Europe launched an Appeal for an election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance, urging European parties to condemn discriminatory or intolerant remarks during the European Parliament election campaign.
An online form was launched, enabling the public to report discriminatory or intolerant incidents during the campaign. This 2nd report compiles submissions received in the last 2 weeks.
Out of 30 reported hate speech incidents against minorities, two thirds (21 reports) involve implicit incitement to hatred, prejudice or discrimination, which is turning out to be the most frequent form of hate speech in this campaign.
Candidates and other politicians have most frequently attacked migrants, foreigners and asylum-seekers (over 5 in 10 times), LGBTI people (3 in 10), but also Muslims (almost 2 in 10). One incident in Hungary targeted both LGBTI people and migrants, and one in Sweden implicitly targeted Roma people.
Finally, hate speech appears to remain privy to far-right parties: in two thirds of incidents (19 reports), parties without any European affiliation were at fault. When including all far-right European parties (the European Alliance for Freedom, the Alliance of European National Movements, and the Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy), the total rises to almost 85% of incidents (25 reports).
One report involves an observer member of the PES, and two involve full member parties of the EPP.
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