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European Court of Human Rights : GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus v. Switzerland

Dirk Voorhoof (UGent)
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In a case against Switzerland the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) strongly emphasised the right of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to use robust language in criticising on its website a politician, and labelling his discourse as racist speech. The NGO had posted a blog post during the heated political debate on the referendum about the prohibition to build minarets in Switzerland, in which it referred to B.K., the president of a local branch of the Young Swiss People’s Party (JSVP). In a public speech B.K. had said that the Swiss guiding culture (“schweizerische Leitkultur”) is based on Christianity and that minarets as a symbolic sign of another culture should not be tolerated. It was this speech and this reasoning that the NGO GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus qualified on a blog post as “verbal racism”.
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Freedom of Expression, European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, case law, hate speech

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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2018. “European Court of Human Rights : GRA Stiftung Gegen Rassismus Und Antisemitismus V. Switzerland.” Iris, Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory (6).
APA
Voorhoof, D. (2018). European Court of Human Rights : GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus v. Switzerland. IRIS, LEGAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL OBSERVATORY, (6).
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Voorhoof D. European Court of Human Rights : GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus v. Switzerland. IRIS, LEGAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL OBSERVATORY. Strasbourg; 2018;(6).
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Voorhoof, Dirk. “European Court of Human Rights : GRA Stiftung Gegen Rassismus Und Antisemitismus V. Switzerland.” IRIS, LEGAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL OBSERVATORY 6 (2018): n. pag. Print.
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  author       = {Voorhoof, Dirk},
  issn         = {2078-6158},
  journal      = {IRIS, LEGAL OBSERVATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL OBSERVATORY},
  keyword      = {Freedom of Expression,European Convention on Human Rights,European Court of Human Rights,case law,hate speech},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {2},
  title        = {European Court of Human Rights : GRA Stiftung gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus v. Switzerland},
  url          = {http://merlin.obs.coe.int/newsletter.php?year=2018\&issue=6\&iris\_ref=2018+6+1 },
  year         = {2018},
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