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How does Russia define religious extremism?

The laws on "extremism" (first brought in in 2002, then amended in 2006 and 2007) are defined in the "The Federal Law on Combating Extremist Activity". However, it is up to the ...
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Why does the Romanian prime minister's death threat against a national minority elicit so little reaction in the EU?

Disclaimer: Please do not take the following as condoning Mihai Tudose (Romania PM)'s words. From the links provided in the edit, it is very clear that the title of the question is a notable ...
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Has the conflict in Ukraine provoked an increase in discrimination against ethnic Russians?

Yes, basically. To exemplify with Poland, as reported in April: Over fifty cases of discrimination were reported to the Center for Monitoring Racist and Xenophobic Behavior in Warsaw, its head Konrad ...
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Has the conflict in Ukraine provoked an increase in discrimination against ethnic Russians?

Citizens of Russian Federation, drivers whose cars bear Russian license plates, companies seated in Russia and similar face increasing disregard and official sanctions. This is because citizens are ...
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Why does UK allow criminal record checks to contain "non-crimes"?

There is no magic rule that says that misconduct must be either legal and have no consequences, or must be a crime. The British government, in particular, has long recognized a place for concepts like ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

The SPLC published the following statement in June 2018 in both text and video format: The Southern Poverty Law Center was wrong to include Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation in our Field ...
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Can Germany fine social media sites over hate speech?

It might be relevant to read the summary of that proposal on the website of the German Ministry of Justice. I can only find the original German press release and the actual text of the proposed law (...
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Can intentional foreign accent in a negative context be considered as xenophobia?

It can certainly be considered as xenophobia by some - one prior example that springs to mind is in 2009 when David Cameron, then Leader of the UK Opposition, adopted a German accent to mock the ...
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Have any of Trump's tweets been filtered out in Germany (under NetzDG)?

Not as far as I can tell. As part of its obligations under the NetzDG law, Twitter is required to publish a biannual report regarding the handling of complaints submitted pursuant to this law, which ...
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What happened in California in 1994 when hate crime increased so much?

Summarised from comments According to documents published by the State of California Department of Justice, California started systematically collecting hate crime data in 1994. This is largely ...
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What rationales were given for prohibiting Holocaust denial?

This answer focuses on the rationales behind the Holocaust denial law in Germany (Section 130 (3) of the German criminal code). I assume that the reasoning in other jurisdictions was similar. But I ...
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Is there a ranking of countries' freedom of speech for non-journalists?

No, there isn't a clear ranking. Just looking into comments, prior answers, and searching, you can find that this is extraordinarily subjective. Wikipedia does show much of the information that ...
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Why does UK allow criminal record checks to contain "non-crimes"?

As I understand it, this was a result of the Soham murders: two 10 year old girls were killed by a Ian Huntley, who worked as a caretaker at their school. Huntley had a history of sexual offences, but ...
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Jersey shooting and politician comments

Your quote seems quite clear to me: the initial investigation has led authorities to believe the shooters targeted the location. In other words, Fulop is asserting this because the authorities have ...
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Can intentional foreign accent in a negative context be considered as xenophobia?

Of course those "at the receiving end" of such speech will almost often consider it such. A more recent example of written speech, but which was assumed to capture a certain [ethnic/foreign] ...
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Why does the Romanian prime minister's death threat against a national minority elicit so little reaction in the EU?

SJuan has a provided an excellent answer, but it happens that I followed local politics more when ex-Prime Minister was appointed and after that, so I can add some extra information: I do not know ...
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What is the reason for extreme antisemitism among Muslims?

Antisemitism does not equal anti-Israeli sentiments. Antisemitism is about Jews and the religion of Judaism. You will find that amongst Muslim communities, Judaism is a highly respected religion. ...
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Has Twitter elaborated on continuing to allow Trump to use the platform for reportedly hateful attacks

Bobson is right, but it's not that new. In 2017 there was a tweet which some (North Korea) interpreted as a "clear declaration of war". According to NPR: North Korea's foreign minister says ...
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What rationales were given for prohibiting Holocaust denial?

It is actually quite easy to explain why it happened so late and it was a curious instance of coincidence. After the war many Nazis remained unscathed, the "denazification" program was effectively as ...
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Why does the Romanian prime minister's death threat against a national minority elicit so little reaction in the EU?

As a rule of thumb - and as much as it can - the EU doesn't interfere with the internal affairs of its member states. See for example Catalonia, where the EU did its best to stay neutral. It's in ...
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Can special prosecutor Dan Webb charge Jussie Smollet?

Everything mentioned is an option. He can re-charge Smollet, charge the cops/investigators/others for mishandling, or charge Smollet with a new crime if unsavory things happened. Basically, he's a ...
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Are there any peer reviewed studies into whether hate crime legislation decreases the frequency of hate crimes?

Severity of punishment doesn't act as a deterrence: There is no empirical evidence that offenders (in any context) are deterred by the magnitude of punishment – the only factor that has been shown to ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

From this link: we extend a sincere apology to ... Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, Tim Pool, Rania Khalek, and Brian Becker, and disclaim, as clearly as we can, any intention to suggest that any of ...
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Is there a ranking of countries' freedom of speech for non-journalists?

A quick search on the google machine found this PEW poll on Free Speech conducted in 38 countries... while there are some scores where the United States is scored lower than other regions, they rarely ...
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Has Twitter elaborated on continuing to allow Trump to use the platform for reportedly hateful attacks

Twitter specifically changed their policy to answer this question. Here is the relevant blog post With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access ...
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