Mobilizing Youth to counter the explosion of online hate during the pandemic of Covid-19

Faced with the unprecedented situation caused by Covid-19, the Aladdin Project is mobilizing its network of 500 young anti-racist activists (alumni of our summer universities and delegates who participated in our Youth European Forum) in more than 40 countries to confront the explosion of online hate.

In each of these countries, a "country team" was established to gather data and testimonies, write a report and develop recommendations regarding the alarming rise of anti-Semitism and racism fuelled by the pandemic. The teams’ action will be steered by a committee of experts chaired by our administrator, Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Focal point of the Plan of Action against Hate Speech and member of the Board of Directors of the Aladdin Project. The process of exchanging information and developing reports will take place through videoconferences on a regular basis for six months. We, then plan to organize a conference at UNESCO in September 2021, bringing together one delegate from each country and about forty experts, twenty of whom will be French. This conference will allow the speakers to debate and follow up on the conclusions and recommendations of this report.

This report will be composed of a series of recommendations and will be presented to international and European institutions. The aim is thus twofold: to involve young people in our network in the fight against online hate, and to develop active cells of "normalization" activists in many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.