The annual Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is currently underway in Vienna. Session 1 was held today, and the topic was “Freedom of Association: obstacles to the full realization of this right and ways to overcome them”.
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke at the session as a representative of Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE). As I understand it, video will eventually be available.
BPE filed the following statement about the suppression of Die Freiheit in Germany by leftists and Muslims. One technique used by the mob is to intimidate venue owners so that Die Freiheit is effectively silenced by being denied a place to hold their events.
Statement by Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa
OSCE supplementary Human Dimension Meeting
Working Session 1
Freedom of Assembly and Association
Vienna, November 8, 2012
BPE refers to an event in Munich organized by the German political party DIE FREIHEIT in September 2012. The topic was “Is Euro-Islam possible?”. The owner of the local restaurant, the chosen venue, was intimidated by massive telephone threats. The owner of the restaurant was forced to cancel the discussion, citing pressure from political authorities in Munich.
The organizers were the forced to find a new venue within hours; however, this new location was again surrounded by so-called antifascists who disturbed the peace by shouting slogans like “There is no right to Nazi propaganda.”
Ladies and gentlemen, these are the methods of a totalitarian society. Police did show up, but did not interfere or remove the crowd intent on disturbing the meeting.
Recommendation to OSCE participating States
That public events properly registered with the authorities are always granted sufficient and neutral police protection to ensure that the events can proceed according to plan, without the organizers or participants having to fear violence prior, during or after the event.
Recalling and reinforcing BPE’s statement made at HDIM in 2009 in this regard and remind participating States that [they] “… are accountable to their citizens and responsible to each other for their implementation of their OSCE commitments”, BPE thus
- Calls on the OSCE participating States to ensure that OSCE guidelines to freedom of assembly as well as its human dimension commitments are followed and implemented by governments in all instances of legal assemblies, thereby ensuring the continued legal right to the very freedoms that should be inherent in liberal democracies.
- Recommends that ODIHR reaffirm the right to peaceful assembly for everyone regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the views of the demonstrators.
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