FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School and Rio Public Defender’s Office launch guidance leaflet for victims of hate speech

The leaflet – the result of a cooperation agreement for human rights-related legal practice – is written in clear, accessible language. It presents a set of questions and answers to guide people when it comes to possible examples of hate speech.
Law
30 July 2020
FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School and Rio Public Defender’s Office launch guidance leaflet for victims of hate speech

The Fundação Getulio Vargas Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Nucleus for Legal Practice (NPJ) and the Center for the Defense of Human Rights (NUDEDH) at the Rio de Janeiro Public Defender’s Office have just launched a publication called “Guidance Leaflet for Victims of Hate Speech.” The leaflet – the result of a cooperation agreement for human rights-related legal practice between NPJ and NUDEDH – is written in clear, accessible language. It presents a set of questions and answers to guide people when it comes to possible examples of hate speech.

“What is hate speech?” “Hate speech or prejudiced slander?” “How can I know I was a victim of hate speech?” These are some of the questions answered by the publication. It was produced at NPJ’s Laboratory for Legal Advice on Fundamental Rights (LADIF), under the supervision of lawyer Juliana Antunes. Twenty-three undergraduate students at the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School made contributions to it.

According to Professor André Mendes, NPJ’s coordinator, the leaflet expresses the value of social responsibility shared by NPJ and its production also constituted an extension activity. “This is a subject of great importance. We hope the leaflet can help the public decide what to do in cases of discrimination and intolerance characterized by hate speech. Congratulations to the students who contributed, led by the excellent work of Professor Juliana Antunes. I also wish to thank the Public Defender’s Office for its cooperation, notably the esteemed public defender Dr. Fábio Amado,” he said.

Juliana Antunes, LADIF’s supervisor, said, “The leaflet is an important instrument for awareness raising, prevention and, above all, the fight against hate speech – a practice that unfortunately has been growing in society. I wish to thank the students involved, the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School and the Public Defender’s Office for participating in such an important project.”

According to Fábio Amado, a public defender and NUDEDH’s coordinator, “This fruitful partnership between the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School’s NPJ and the Rio de Janeiro State Public Defender’s Office has just generated another work of high quality, marked by an educational and informative character. The leaflet has appeared at an extremely opportune and historic moment, given that hate speech has been spreading exponentially, especially online. It was an honor to participate in this initiative with FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School students, Professor Juliana Antunes and the greatly cherished Professor André Mendes.”

Contributing students: Amanda Vasconcelos de Almeida Alves, Ana Carolina de Pedroso e Soares, Bruna Ribeiro Paciello da Motta, Gabriel Custódio da Silva, Gabriel Guimarães, Arlé, Giulia Campello Costa, Helena Szczupak, Isabela Sias Maffort Lopes, João Carlos Cochlar de Oliveira, João Paulo Domingues Machado, João Pedro Vasconcellos de Sá Rêgo, Júlia Mauricio Castro, Juliana Bastos Poubel, Lily Borges Santos Castilho, Luca Pereira Wanick Vannuzini, Maria Luisa Rocha Malta, Maria Luiza Silva Sanches, Matheus Rodrigues Silva de Castro, Natália de Carvalho Mello Bahury, Nathalia Moroz Barg, Paula Sant’Ana Strogoff, Roberta Licht, Tatiana Lima Murta, Vanessa Pereira Tourinho, and Helena Szczupak.

The Guidance Leaflet for Victims of Hate Speech is available free of charge here.