The OSCE Itself Violates Civil Society Participants’ Fundamental Freedoms

Below is the prepared text for an intervention read yesterday afternoon by Christopher Hull of the Center for Security Policy (Secure Freedom) at OSCE Warsaw. The video of the intervention will be along in due course.

For more on the OSCE’s Code of Conduct, see “The Successful Subversion of the OSCE”.

Intervention before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Participating States and Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

At the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), Warsaw, Poland
Working Session 11: Fundamental Freedoms II

September 17, 2018

How ironic that this organization is itself violating fundamental freedoms.

For instance, at a February meeting this year, a senior official claimed that civil society must adhere to OSCE commitments.[1]

But we are not required to abide by those commitments — you are.

The OSCE Code of Conduct for Staff/Mission Members says you, and I quote, “shall comply with the… commitments of the OSCE.”[2] And what commitments?

1.   First, “respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience…or belief, for all without distinction as to…belief, political or other opinion.”[3]
2.   Second, taking only “measures which do not endanger freedom of information and expression” in this space[4]; and
3.   Third, that civil society members, “specifically those with relevant experience, are particularly encouraged to participate in the discussion of the selected topics and to provide their suggestions and recommendations.”[5]
 

But in spite of such requirements, ODIHR has now gone further.

For this meeting, you required us to acknowledge a new “Code of Conduct.” It says, “[p]articipants shall refrain from presenting…any slogans that might be provoking,… likely to give rise to violence, [or] discriminating [against] other persons on the basis of…religion or belief, political or other opinion.”

But that is what you are doing.

That’s why Secure Freedom joined 28 civil society representatives from 14 countries in speaking out against your repeated attempts to shut down our fundamental freedoms.[6]

That’s also why the U.S. Opening Statement objected “to content-based restrictions on the participation of civil society.”[7]

And yet last week, ODIHR used its power to interrupt Civitas Christiana Foundation for expressing concern about threats, repression and intolerance by those who hold radical views of sexuality.[8]

The truth? OSCE’s own Code of Conduct says:

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OSCE Warsaw: Freedom of Assembly Still in Trouble

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Monday, 17 September 2018

Working Session 10
Fundamental Freedoms I, Including Freedom of Expression

Intervention read by Henrik Clausen, representing Wiener Akademikerbund

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

Clare Lopez on the OSCE’s Abandonment of Its Own Commitments to Free Speech

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Monday, 17 September 2018

Working Session 10
Fundamental Freedoms I, Including Freedom of Expression

Intervention read by Clare Lopez, representing the Center for Security Policy

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

OSCE Warsaw: Stephen Coughlin on Prior Restraint and the First Amendment

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Monday, 17 September 2018

Working Session 10
Fundamental Freedoms I, Including Freedom of Expression

Intervention read by Stephen Coughlin, representing Unconstrained Analytics

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

The Dalai Lama Sounds More Christian Than the Pope?

The Dalai Lama spoke in Malmo, telling migrants to go home and help their own people. Racist, racist! Bad Boy. The Left will bury you for Violations of The Official Narrative.

Here’s Dr. Turley with a compare and contrast:

He mentions several others’ views on immigration, including studies by the Biblical scholar, James Hoffmeier. I’ll have to look up this fellow’s views.

Meanwhile, it seems as though The Narrative is beginning to crumble.

OSCE Warsaw: Using Democracy to Prevent Aggressive Nationalism

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Thursday, 13 September 2018

Session 9: Using Democracy to Prevent Aggressive Nationalism

Intervention read by Henrik Clausen, representing Wiener Akademikerbund

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Below is the prepared text for Mr. Clausen’s intervention:

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A Missed Opportunity to Save Sweden

A Missed Opportunity to Save Sweden

by Fjordman

Some Swedish patriots and sympathizers abroad had hoped that the 2018 general elections would mark a breakthrough for more nationally-oriented parties and restrictive immigration policies. This did not happen.

The elections were held on September 9, 2018. The final election results were not ready until September 16, a full week later. For a technologically sophisticated nation, it should be possible to count votes faster than this.[1] This is yet another reminder that Sweden is no longer the efficient and well-functioning country it once was.

The right-wing Sweden Democrats (SD) did gain 13 seats in Parliament compared to the previous election, now holding 62 seats in total. Virtually all opinion polls had predicted that they would grow. Yet SD did not grow as much as some opinion polls had indicated. Many polls had suggested that the Sweden Democrats could surpass the Moderate Party to become the second-largest party. Several opinion polls from 2018 had SD receive about 21-26% support.[2] One opinion poll published a couple of months prior to the election gave them as much as 28.5% support.[3] This would have made them larger than the Social Democrats.

The Swedish Social Democrats have been the biggest party in Sweden continuously since the early 1900s. If they had been dethroned from this position, this would have had a significant psychological impact on Swedish society. While the Social Democrats had their worst election since 1911, they remained the largest party.

The Sweden Democrats didn’t even become the second-largest party. SD retained their spot as number three at 17.5%, behind the Social Democrats at 28.3% and the Moderates at 19.8%.[4] Alternative for Sweden (AfS), a new party that wants even more restrictive immigration policies than the SD, came nowhere near receiving the 4% of the votes needed to enter the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag).

It is interesting to notice that the two largest parties, the Social Democrats and the Moderates, in 2014 combined received 54.34% of the votes and 197 mandates in Parliament. In theory, the two major parties could thus have formed a majority coalition government together. This would be similar to the way the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) have ruled Germany together since 2013.

However, in 2018, the Social Democrats and the Moderates together got 48.1% of the votes. This earned them 170 seats in combination, less than the 175 needed to form a majority in the Swedish Parliament.

Establishing the next government in Sweden will be complicated. Especially if all the other parties keep treating the Sweden Democrats as evil racists that they do not want to cooperate with.

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The Successful Subversion of the OSCE

For the past nine years the Counterjihad Collective has been participating in and reporting on the gradual Islamization of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It’s been a long, tedious, and exhausting process, but now the subversion of the OSCE is all but complete. For readers who are interested in the details, see the OSCE Archives.

As with other trans-national institutions, the Islamization of the OSCE was accomplished via an alliance between Muslims (in this case, primarily Turkey) and the progressive Left. This year, for the first time, the OSCE has officially established a framework to silence critics of Islam and sharia. For an organization that was founded to promote free speech, that’s quite an accomplishment.

I’ve already posted material from the 2018 ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) meeting of the OSCE in Warsaw, and will be posting more. For future reference, rather than repeatedly quoting it, here is the directive from OSCE headquarters mandating tolerance, inclusion, non-discrimination, etc blah yak. The relevant section is excerpted below, but the entire document may be downloaded (Word format) from the official OSCE website.

Under “§ 3. Other provisions”, the OSCE Code of Conduct states:

1.   Participants shall refrain from presenting or shouting any slogans that might be:

a.   provoking or urging to disturb order and safety,
b.   likely to give rise to violence,
c.   discriminating other persons on the basis of their race, color, sex, language, religion or belief, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status (Maastricht 2003, Ljubljana 2005),
d.   condoning terrorism or the use of violence.
 

ODIHR reserves the right to instruct HDIM moderators to interrupt any Participant who speaks in violation of these principles. In case of repeated non-compliance ODIHR reserves the right to void the Participant of the right to speak at the session, or as a last resort of the right to further participate at HDIM.
 

See also the op-ed about the OSCE by Chris Hull of the Center for Security Policy.

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

Matteo Salvini Takes on the Foul-Mouthed Minister From Luxembourg

This past week the interior ministers of the member states of the European Union met in Vienna. Jean Asselborn (Socialist Workers’ Party) is the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg, which somehow provides the credentials for his attending the meeting. Matteo Salvini is, of course, the Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for Italy.

In the exchange below you’ll see Mr. Asselborn become nasty and foul-mouthed with Mr. Salvini (actually, since the Luxembourgish minister was speaking French, it may not have been considered foul-mouthed, for all I know). Mr. Salvini, in contrast, retained his composure and responded with cool aplomb.

The Italian press raised a big fuss about the incident, and drew attention to an issue which otherwise would have received no coverage at all: the need for Italians to start making babies again. That was Mr. Salvini’s point, to make more Italians instead of importing what he called “slaves” from Africa.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article from Il Giornale on the same topic, also translated by FouseSquawk:

“That minister was vulgar.” Thus Salvini silences Asselborn

After the clash at the summit of the interior ministers in Vienna, the Northern League destroys his colleague: “He gave visibility to the meeting”

by Claudio Cartaldo
September 14, 2018

A few words were enough for Matteo Salvini to destroy his Luxembourg counterpart, Jean Asselborn.

The interior minister seemed almost amused when answering reporters’ questions at a press conference on the margins of the summit held in Vienna on migration. “I thank the Luxembourg minister who has given visibility to this meeting,” said the deputy prime minister. “His calm tones and the serene debate are spoken of throughout Italy; those who did not know that we were here, thanks to the vulgar minister of Luxembourg now know.”

“Fewer migrants”, “Et merde alors”: Salvini-Asselborn collision in Vienna

The facts. As is well known, while Minister Salvini was explaining his position on immigration to his European colleagues, the Luxembourg European and foreign affairs minister interrupted him by criticizing his position. Salvini first tried to conclude his discourse, but then Asselborn lost patience and, turning on his microphone, blurted out: “In Luxembourg, dear sir, we had thousands of Italians who came to work with us, migrants, so that you in Italy could have the money for your children.” And then he ended the speech with a colorful expression: “Merde, alors (So, s**t).”

At the time Salvini did not seek out the clash: “Good manners is about letting a statement be finished,” he said, trying to remain calm, but then he was harder at the next press conference: “Those who did not know that we were here, thanks to the vulgar minister of Luxembourg now know,” said Salvini, ironically dismissing what happened at the EU interior ministers’ summit.

Video transcript:

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Islamophilic Billboards Defaced by Islamophobic Vandal in Quebec

I assume the propaganda posters shown in this video were put up by the municipal government in Quebec City, or by the provincial government, or perhaps by the Federal government. In any case, the vandal who defaced them is obviously not on board with the State’s multiculti program, and needs to get his mind right. When the government catches up with him, it will be re-education time…

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Viktor Orbán on Brussels and Borders

After Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán returned from being reprimanded and sanctioned in the European Parliament, he went on the radio in Hungary to discuss Brussels’ future plans concerning immigration and the deconstruction of European nation-states.

Many thanks to CrossWare for translating relevant excerpts from the Hungarian daily Magyar Idők:

Viktor Orbán: The Next Battle is About Who Will Protect the Borders of Hungary

September 14, 2018

The prime minister spoke on Kossuth Radio: the new Brussels plan is that if we can not get Hungary to allow in migrants, then we have to get the right to border protection. “They want to take away the gate keys from us,” he said.

They Would Take Away the Border Control From Us!

He also talked about the fact that the next battle is about who defends the boundaries of Hungary, who decides who enters the country.

“Now we’re looking at the cat that has to come out of the bag,” and the “cat” is that Angela Merkel has sent an ultimatum to Europe via French President Macron. The Chancellor said that the European peripheries outside the Schengen area should reassign part of their border protection to Brussels, he recalled.

“The plan is this: if Hungary cannot be tempted to allow in migrants, then it must have its right of border protection take away. They do not want anything less than to send mercenaries here from Brussels, to replace our Hungarian sons: police and soldiers, who are defending the border, and for whom their home country is important. And we should not have illusions: they [the Brussels mercenaries] will let the migrants!” he said, adding that they want to stamp out Hungary, want to weaken Hungarian resistance.

“They simply want to take away our keys to the gates,” the head of government said. The Sargentini Report [pdf], however, is now being removed from the agenda or its priority scaled back, and the significance of the matter will decrease from day to day, he predicted.

Hundreds of Millions to Fake Civilians

He pointed out that, in addition to immigration, there is another serious stake in the next European Union election. It is clear from the EU budget statistics that the EU supports the Soros NGOs with hundreds of millions of euros.

If the next European Parliament and the European Commission have a different composition, these hundreds of millions will not be given to them.

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OSCE Warsaw: Dealing with Shadow Censorship

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Freedom of the Media, Session 2:
Dealing with Shadow Censorship

Intervention read by Henrik Clausen, representing Wiener Akademikerbund

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Below is the prepared text for Mr. Clausen’s intervention:

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Trump Administration Calls Out Eurocracy Over Free Speech

We’ve been following events at the OSCE for the past nine years (see the OSCE Archives) and observed the slow, gradual Islamization of the organization. The pace has accelerated this year, however, apparently due to intensified actions by the Red-Green alliance that now dominates the organization.

Chris Hull of the Center for Security Policy has written an article for The Daily Caller about the latest illiberal actions by the OSCE, as the Counterjihad Collective begins its interventions this week during the OSCE conference in Warsaw.

Trump Administration Calls Out Eurocracy Over Free Speech

by Christopher C. Hull, via The Daily Caller

This morning, the Trump administration officially objected to the latest attempt by a Europe-based multilateral organization to shut down free speech, joining a chorus of complaints by activists and even European members of parliament.

The United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (USOSCE) expressed concern in its opening statement about the largest European gathering of human rights organizations of the year, which takes place in Warsaw, Poland.

Referring to a new Code of Conduct required by OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights ( ODIHR ) to register for the meeting, the Trump administration statement said in part:

[T]he United States must object to certain provisions of the Code of Conduct promulgated by ODIHR.

A number of the provisions amount to content-based restrictions on the participation of civil society.

We need not — and do not — agree with all of the ideas espoused here to defend the right of civil society to participate.

When we disagree with the ideas presented, we should respond with alternative viewpoints, not censorship.

We are disappointed that the Code of Conduct appears to formalize the latter approach.

It should be revised.

The Code of Conduct is, in part, a reaction to a free speech delegation that has attended the annual meeting for a decade, according to senior U.S. officials and meeting participants.

That delegation, led by Austrian freedom fighter Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, expresses concerns in ODIHR meetings about restrictions on freedom of expression put in place by European nations specifically with respect to unfettered immigration, Jihad violence and the growing threat of the totalitarian Islamic law known as Sharia.

The free speech delegation released a letter to ODIHR Director Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir at the end of last week expressing similar concerns to those raised by the U.S. government’s statement today.

That letter, signed by 27 representatives of civil society organizations from a dozen countries, documents a series of attempts to restrict free expression on immigration, Jihad and Sharia over the course of at least two years.

It calls on Director Sólrún to make specific changes in the Code of Conduct, as well as in ODIHR’s behavior going forward.

Today’s statement by the USOSCE also follows on the heels of a meeting last week at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., in which two senior Trump administration officials originally publicly signaled this official opposition.

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