Neo-Nazis are not to be ignored; they should not be turned
into martyrs either.
The report stresses the prime responsibility of government
representatives and democratic political leaders and urges them
to form a bloc around a “democratic consensus” in order to raise
concerted opposition to neo-Nazi ideology and to the political parties
that speak up in its favour, whether in or out of parliament. All
political leaders are thus invited to engage in debate with neo-Nazi
movements so as to expose them publicly by rejecting and condemning
their ideology and rhetoric. Other measures should include making
party leaders and members, including parliamentarians, criminally
liable for hate speech, and impeding the funding of such parties.
The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy underlines
that in the fight against neo-Nazism, the focus should be on prevention,
through education and awareness raising. Council of Europe member
States should design social, economic and cultural strategies to
reduce the breeding grounds for the neo-Nazi ideology.
In order to keep alive the memory of the victims of the tragic
attack committed by a neo-Nazi on 22 July 2011 in Norway, the committee
invites the Assembly to support the initiative by youth activists
to make 22 July the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime.