Co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, the project Towards a New Discourse and Dialogue is a civil society project that will be carried out under the coordination of Hrant Dink Foundation with the partnership of Community Volunteers Foundation, Support to Life Foundation and Sabancı University. The project aims to raise awareness against discriminatory discourse against Syrian refugees, to cooperate with public, media and civil society sectors, and to create a new human rights based discourse in order to enhance the possibility of coexistence in Turkey.

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As a product of the project implemented by the Hrant Dink Foundation, the manual was designed to help promote a new, alternative, pluralistic language to replace discriminatory discourse and hate speech which is a threat to co-existence. 

The panel, which was held with the participation of Aslı İkizoğlu Erensü, Zeynep Kıvılcım and Mert Koçak, discussed the layers of discriminatory discourses and attitudes towards women and LGBTI refugees.

With the facilitation of Krizna Gomez, in the workshop on "Hope-based communication", the importance of narrative in human rights studies and hope-based communication methods were discussed.


Hate speech is a prejudicial speech of animosity that attacks a person or group based on religion, language, ethnic identity, disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Hate speech attacks, marginalizes, and antagonizes.

With academician Gamze Toksoy and photographers Serbest Salih and Kalpesh Lathigra, we will talk about the victimization of refugees in visual narratives and the inclusive and pluralistic methods of dealing with it.

The workshop series on "Facilitator skills in human rights education" was conducted by the Council of Europe trainers Ruxandra Pandea and Dariusz Grzemny with the participation of employees from non-governmental and public institutions.

Under the moderation of Emine Fişek, we talked about the opportunities of theater to produce a pluralistic language that respects human rights with the writer and director Sedef Ecer and Roula Al-Kayal, director and founder of Cut Academy.

With the participation of Menno Ettema from Council of Europe and Özge Sönmez from Yuva Association, how the Covid-19 epidemic affected combating discrimination and hate speech, and online methods has discussed.

You can watch the record of the online talk took place with the participation of independent documentary filmmaker and anthropologist Eda Elif Tibet and musician Enzo Ikah from Karma Motion collective.

Based on the Positive Messengers project, which aims to combat online hate speech for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe, experiences about online tools and methods in combating hate speech were shared.

In the webinar moderated by Begüm Başdaş, Metin Çorabatır from IGAM and Pırıl Erçoban from Mülteci-Der have discussed the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the condition of refugees in Turkey and the current policies. Video recording of the webinar is in Turkish language.

In the panel moderated by Murat Utku, Georgios Kaminis, M. Murat Erdoğan and Burcuhan Şener have discussed the role of local governments in social coexistence and combating discrimination, and the challenges and innovative methods in Greece and Turkey.

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