Long-time readers will remember that for more than a decade Gates of Vienna has reported extensively on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Beginning in 2009, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and Henrik Clausen worked tirelessly to expose the growing Islamization of the organization. They attended OSCE “Human Dimension” conferences in Warsaw and Vienna to make interventions (short presentations) and hold side events. In later years they were joined by other Counterjihad stalwarts, including Alain Wagner, Dave Petteys, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, Clare Lopez, Katie Hopkins, and others.
Last Friday I received the following letter as a PDF attached to an email from the OSCE (sent by Daniel Stirrat, a Legal Assistant in the Office of Legal Affairs). Interestingly, although it arrived here in the afternoon of December 11, well before midnight CET, it is dated December 12:
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Office of Legal Affairs Vienna, 12 December 2020
To whom it may concern,
It has come to the attention of the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that there has been unauthorized use of OSCE’s trademark, including the OSCE emblem and name, on your website. For ease of reference, please see the following examples:
an article from your website dated 28 October 2011
an article from your website dated 28 May 2015
an article from your website dated 2 October 2019
Please note that the OSCE’s name in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, its abbreviation in all those languages and its emblem are the exclusive property of the OSCE, protected under Article 6ter of the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (as amended), and were duly registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization on 31 August 2001. As such, they may not be copied, reproduced, displayed, or used without the express prior written permission of the OSCE.
The OSCE has not consented to the use of its trademark on your website. Any engagement on your side in OSCE activities and/or events does not constitute such consent. In light thereof, you are requested to remove the OSCE trademark from your website immediately and refrain from using it in the future without obtaining the prior express written consent of the OSCE.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Head of the Office of Legal Affairs
Gates of Vienna
A-1010 Vienna, Austria
I had not been aware that the OSCE was an industry, and that it was therefore covered by the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. To rectify my error, I immediately went through all the OSCE posts and replaced all instances of the OSCE™ logo with the one shown at the top of this post. Then I wrote the following reply to the OSCE:
Mr. Stephen Walsh
Mr. Daniel Stirrat
Office of Legal Affairs
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
1010 Vienna, Austria
Messrs. Walsh and Stirrat:
Thank you very much for bringing to my attention the issue of my use of the OSCE’s trademarked logo. I had not previously been aware that your organization was covered by the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
To rectify the matter, I have removed all instances of the logo from articles at Gates of Vienna. If you encounter any that I have inadvertently missed, please be so kind as to notify me, and I shall remove them promptly as well.
Edward S. May
a.k.a. “Baron Bodissey”
The esteemed gentlemen at OSCE™ may have unintentionally created a miniature Streisand Effect by calling attention to its metamorphosis into an illiberal organization acting as a front for Islam and the globalists.
The OSCE began in 1975 as the Commission for Security and Europe (CSCE). Its mission was to implement the Helsinki accords, and bring the Soviet Union into a series of conferences about human rights. It played an important role in final days of the Cold War, drawing attention to the issue of human rights in Communist countries.
The original participating states were the United States, Canada, the Soviet Union, Turkey, and the various European states. After the breakup of the USSR, the individual former socialist republics were admitted as independent participating states. The “OSCE region” now includes all of Europe, Canada, the USA, Russia, Turkey, and all the former republics of the USSR, including the “Stans”.
When Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff first attended an OSCE conference in 2009, she noticed that various Islamic groups were systematically attempting to subvert the organization by targeting “Islamophobia” as a human rights violation, and similar strategies. Despite the best efforts of the Counterjihad Collective, the process accelerated. Most of the Islamization came in via Turkish organizations such as COJEP (Coordination des jeunes patriotes), which is affiliated with the Turkish group Millî Görüş (“National Vision”). Bosnia also sends Islamic NGOs to the conferences, as do the Stans, to a lesser extent.
By about 2015 the administration of OSCE had been thoroughly infiltrated by Islamic elements. There has been a Demonic Convergence between Islam and the Progressive Left, to the point that “Islamophobia” is now officially targeted by the organization itself.
What began as an organization dedicated to human rights and civil liberties has morphed into an engine of repression against Islam-critics and opponents of the leftist Narrative. Counterjihad participants have even been deliberately excluded from speaking at the plenary.
Such is the state of the Modern Multicultural OSCE™.
For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE™ Archives.