OSCE: An Organization on the Ropes After Failing at Its Primary Mission

Henrik Clausen and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff have once again volunteered for hazardous duty in Warsaw at the annual ODIHR conference of the OSCE™ (see this post for an explanation of my use of “™” following the acronym). Below is their report.

OSCE: An organization on the ropes after failing at its primary mission

by Henrik Raeder Clausen and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

So we’re back, talking truth to power at the annual OSCE “Human Dimension” conference. While the Warsaw location Hotel Sofitel is the same, much is different. Old adversaries are no longer there; new challenges are emerging. We are still heeding the call by President Reagan to remain vigilant.

The all-pervading backdrop for this year’s event is of course the war in Ukraine. This is a major embarrassment for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as it has as its primary mission to prevent any such wars from ever breaking out again by having a forum to put forth security concerns from the various participating States (pS), to work out a compromise diplomatically, and thus to prevent any such conflicts from escalating.

For several years, our group of freedom activists has watched those dialogues become ever less constructive — but those are not our battles to fight. We originally joined to halt subversive activities from Islamist states and organizations, such as the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), Turkey and — as it turned out — even the Muslim Brotherhood.

Unfortunately, as old enemies leave, new ones appear. A group called “CAGE UK” presented a comprehensive Muslim gripe list, both in the plenary session and at a sparsely-attended side event about “state-sponsored Islamophobia” in Austria, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. We attended the side event and asked for a legal definition of the word “Islamophobia”. Puzzled blank stares revealed that they did not have one. One side note, it was interesting that the OSCE painstakingly avoided the use of the word “Islamophobia” at all times.

We found this year’s event to be scaled back significantly. Fewer plenary sessions, fewer worthwhile side events, fewer NGOs in attendance. Even the interpretation was cut to only cover English and Russian, and there was no longer a work room for the NGOs.

Our delegation was also just a core team:

  • Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa
  • Henrik Ræder Clausen, Wiener Akademikerbund
  • Peter McIlvenna, Hearts of Oak

Of our old time adversaries, many have given up and left the battleground: Turkey was still in full boycott, and with them several Turkish-funded GONGOs (Government Organized “Non-Governmental Organizations”). Open Society groups, which used to flood the conference with talks and glossy brochures, were not there. Even Bashy Quraishy (EMISCO), who used to embarrass himself responding to our interventions, was absent.

So we got down to work, as usual, with speeches and interventions. Our new delegation member, Peter from Hearts of Oak, got a fast-track introduction to how the forum works. and caught on to it very quickly. No wonder: As he has worked for our mutual friend Sam Solomon for fifteen years, we are thinking along the same lines.

Here’s what we brought up in the plenary. Please enjoy, and share:

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The Unauthorized Use of the Trademark For OSCE Inc.

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:

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.

Yours sincerely,




Stephen Walsh,
Head of the Office of Legal Affairs

Gates of Vienna

Wallnerstrasse 6
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:

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The Truth Shall Get You Jailed

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s book about her encounter with Austrian “justice”, The Truth Is No Defense, will be published next month by the New English Review Press.

The Truth Shall Get You Jailed

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

In the past week, two eerily similar polls — one in Germany (available in German only) and one in the United States — made it into the public sphere. Both concerned the pillar of freedom, free speech, and both sadly portend the end of what countless brave souls on both sides of the Atlantic who died on so many battlefields valiantly fought for.

November 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which ostensibly ushered in the end of the Communist iron grip on Eastern Europe. Following the end of World War II, Communism had brutally separated the free West from the subjugated East, and nowhere was this partition more glaringly obvious than in individual liberty or lack thereof. Thirty years have now passed since that glorious November day. I watched the tearing down of the wall by East Berliners desperately seeking freedom — the freedom to speak, think, move, exist — live on television, having visited East Berlin only a year before. I was ecstatic for the people of East Germany, hoping they would be able to savor their hard-fought freedom as I have done over and over.

The widespread disillusionment that has set in over the past decades pains me. Just a few days ago, the Post-Communists won the parliamentary elections of the state of Thuringia in what was once East Germany, and I am quite certain post-election analyses will show that the block of Post-Communist voters consists of mostly young people who have no recollection or experience of the evil of Communism.

And so it comes as no surprise when a well-known German opinion research institute publishes a poll indicating that “nearly two-thirds of [those polled] are convinced that nowadays one must be very careful regarding the topics about which one can speak freely because there many unwritten laws indicating which opinions are permissible and which opinions are not permissible.” In addition, 58% of those polled no longer feel safe speaking freely in public, with only 17% agreeing that they can voice their opinion freely on the Internet. More than 40% sense that political correctness is overemphasized, while 35% have decided for themselves to voice their opinions only in a private setting.

The German poll is complemented by a — frankly, frightening in its ramifications — US poll: a whopping 51% of Millennials call for fines and even jail time for “hate speech.” In a survey conducted by the Campaign for Free Speech, more than 60% call for restrictions on speech in some way. While the Campaign’s director finds the results “frankly extraordinary,” they are hardly surprising. Speech restrictions coupled with hefty fines and, in some instances, even jail time have become the norm in Europe, with my case being one of countless others. Moreover, the results of both polls are what free speech activists on both sides of the Atlantic have been warning about for at least the past decade: at international forums such as the United Nations and the (perhaps lesser-known) Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, these very speech restrictions have been not only concocted, but also weaponized and successfully applied. In one case in point, at an official OSCE forum in Vienna in 2015, which I attended, we were told that speaking the truth may constitute “hate speech”, because “sometimes truth is difficult.” Secretary General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations calls for stepping up international efforts to suppress “hate speech.”

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Enforcing Marxism and Sharia in the Name of “Tolerance”

Below is the prepared text for an intervention planned for September 24 by David Petteys, representing the Sea Jay Foundation, at OSCE Warsaw. However, he was unable to participate that day, so there is no video showing the intervention.

Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys

Tolerance and Non-Discrimination
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Session 13

Warsaw, Poland, Sept 24, 2019

Thank you, Mme Chairman:

Many groups push the idea that “Tolerance” is a virtue. But tolerance is a reaction to something else. We must ask what it is we’re being asked to tolerate. Certainly, toleration of evil is an evil in itself!

It’s easy to ascertain the motive for pushing such a notion: the Sharia proponent groups wish to deny us permission to disapprove of what they term Sharia “particulars”, such as the hudud punishments, polygamy, wife beatings and honor killings.

Such things are an anathema to our Judeo-Christian culture. Yet the Sharia proponent groups and the Marxists accuse us of “intolerance, bigotry, xenophobia, etc.” to shame our sense of propriety and common decency. They wish to destroy our culture and impose their systems upon us.

The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the people in the OSCE Area resist these accusations. Two thousand years of culture, progress and humanity are nothing to be ashamed of. Look at societies where the Sharia or Marxism predominate. These are societies of poverty, oppression, suffering and death. No sane person would wish this for the people of the OSCE Area.

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

OSCE: End the Suppression of Freedom of Expression!

Below is the prepared text for the intervention read by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, representing Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa, during the morning session at OSCE Warsaw on September 25, 2019.

Intervention by Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Working Session 14
Specifically selected topic: Hate Crime

Warsaw, September 25, 2019

Return to non-statist legal standards! End suppression of freedom of expression!

The introduction of the terms “hate crime” and “hate speech” can still be considered more than problematic. Firstly, the term “hate” has no legal definition, and rightly so, as it describes a feeling, a state of mind. Although feelings must never be criminalized, all indicators point in the direction that they are.

Secondly, a crime is a crime, and no qualification — be it hate crime or love or any other emotion — can change this.

As a matter of fact, the very concept of hate crime arises out of the notion of hate speech, which itself seeks the overt criminalization of expression, thereby turning free expression on its head with a goal of criminalizing thought based on how other people feel, where the feeling can be anything or nothing at all.

Pax Europa recommends:

  • That OSCE participating States reconsider their commitment to fundamentally anti-democratic, purely statist legal standards that exist to suppress the freedoms of the people they presume to represent in this forum.

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

“Hate Crimes” and the Marxist Hegelian Dialectic

The following video shows the intervention given at OSCE Warsaw on Wednesday by David Petteys, representing the Sea Jay Foundation.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Below is the prepared text for Mr. Petteys’ intervention.

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Only Neo-Marxist Narratives Are Permitted by the OSCE

As reported yesterday, delegates from the Counterjihad Collective were bumped off the roster of speakers at the OSCE “Human Dimension” conference in Warsaw, in violation of the OSCE’s own rules.

In the following video, Maj. Stephen Coughlin (Unconstrained Analytics) and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa) discuss the suppression of their interventions by OSCE administrators, and its significance to the larger picture.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing and uploading this clip:

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

The Use of Undefined Terms Gives the State Arbitrary Power to Prosecute Dissent

Today, unlike yesterday — when they were prevented from speaking — members of the Counterjihad Collective were able to get on the roster of speakers at the OSCE “Human Dimension” meeting in Warsaw. Below is the intervention prepared and read by Maj. (ret.) Stephen Coughlin, representing Unconstrained Analytics.

2019 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Working Session No 14 (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Specifically Selected Topic: Hate Crime — Participating State’s Compliance

Warsaw, Poland
24 September 2019

Thank you, madam moderator, ladies and gentlemen.

“Hate Crimes” needs a definition. Let me explain. At a formal OSCE Side Event in Warsaw in 2013, we got the drafters of the “Islamophobia” narrative to acknowledge that the term has no central definition.

In 2017, on the 20th Anniversary of Runnymede’s “Islamophobia — A Challenge for Us All,” Runnymede put out “Islamophobia — Still a Challenge for Us All” where, yet again, it was acknowledged that Islamophobia “still does not have an agreed, published definition” before offering its own definition, “Islamophobia is anti-Muslim racism,” which happens to be the same definition the Organization of Islamic Cooperation promulgated in 2005 when declaring it a “new form of racism.”

In September 2019, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change issued Designating Hate — New Policy Responses to Stop Hate Crimes that likewise designated Islamophobia a form of racism while also affirming that the term lacks for a definition — all the while seeking its aggressive criminalization. To no-one’s surprise, the Tony Blair report also acknowledges that Hate Crime has no definition.

At a June 2015 OSCE event in Vienna, at an official forum, we got an OSCE panel to admit that saying something known to be true can constitute hate speech — thus seeking the criminalization of speech.

As of May 2019, UN General Secretary António Guterres, in a speech on the “United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech” called for stepped-up action to prosecute Hate Speech even as the UN officially acknowledged that the term lacks definition.

It is not a coincidence that both Islamophobia and Hate Crimes converge on repurposed Neo-Marxist notions of racism to be arbitrated by unelected diplomats in international forums where the people are cut off from any meaningful participation. Masked in facially neutral language, the energy behind prosecuting these “known-to-lack-definition” attack narratives is chilling.

Of course, as we are constantly reminded, “we all know what it is.” And we do! It is the granting to the state the arbitrary authority to prosecute its citizens for any reason or no reason at all. We will have those definitions after it’s too late to stop the process. When that happens, we will have completed the transition from citizens to subjects.

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Muzzled in Warsaw

According to reports from the Counterjihad Collective team, they have been deliberately suppressed by the administrative staff at this week’s “Human Dimension” conference in Warsaw. Even though Maj. Stephen Coughlin and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff got in line at 12:30 this afternoon, they did not make the roster of fifty speakers, and were put on the waiting list. They would have been able to speak if the moderator had not favored a group of young ladies who stood in line behind them. They were actually driven off the list and passed over.

Both participants lodged formal complaints, each with the delegate for his or her country — ESW went to the Austrian lead diplomat, and Maj. Coughlin to his U.S. counterpart. They were quite taken back. Apparently this has been the practice on more than one occasion, and is reaching a critical point. Sometimes it even affects official delegates.

Below is the intervention that Maj. Coughlin would have read today if he had been permitted to speak.

2019 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Working Session No 13 (3:00 to 6:00 p.m.)
Tolerance and Non-Discrimination II (continued), Including:

  • Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Discrimination
  • Combating Anti-Semitism and Discrimination against Christians, Muslims and Members of Other Religions

Warsaw, Poland
24 September 2019

Thank you, madam moderator, ladies and gentlemen.

Aufheben der Kultur” — Negate the Culture — is a process of systematic negation of cultures.

Have you ever noticed that multi-culturalism always seems to mean every culture but your own — whatever culture that might be? This reflects the Marcusian application of narratives operationalized by Marcuse in “Repressive Tolerance”, where words mean their opposite, such that “tolerance” is the deliberate “intolerance” of the existing social order — whatever social order that may be — and hence, multiculturalism becomes the imposition of a hostile group on a target group for the purpose of destroying it through dialectical negation — “Aufheben der Kultur!” Alongside these narratives, hate speech memes serve as enforcement mechanisms through the direct application of Habermas’s “Discourse Theory” of imposed consensus designed to suppress dissent. Of course, this is undertaken by those capable of self-empowering themselves to make such determinations as to which cultures are to be destroyed.

There are many ways to interpret OSCE language like the “commitment to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction.” Who wouldn’t support this? I certainly do! But there is a growing perception that the tolerance being expressed in forums such as the OSCE leaves them feeling on the suppressed side of repressive tolerance formulas.

The concern is that the language of tolerance is being deliberately repurposed through cynical narratives that turn such ennobling aspirations on their head. The pall of Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance” hangs over this forum. To quote Marcuse:

”The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward [certain] prevailing policies, attitudes [and] opinions . . . Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.”

The reason many find themselves surprised when designated as members of the “right” is because that term, like racism and xenophobia, is simply applied to those who refuse to conform to repressive tolerance regimes that seek to deny people, cultures and nations of their identity. Aufheben der Kultur is about the destruction of cultures through the destruction of identity.

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Alain Wagner on the Penetration of European Institutions by the OIC and the Muslim Brotherhood

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Working Session 17: Combating racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination

Intervention read by Alain Wagner, representing International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)

Note: The intervention is in French, with a simultaneous voice-over translation.

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.

Uzay Bulut: The Persecution of Non-Muslims in Turkey

During last month’s OSCE/ODIHR conference in Warsaw, the Counterjihad Collective organized a side event entitled “Why Does Europe Hate Speech?” The following video from the event shows a talk given by Uzay Bulut about the persecution of non-Muslims by the Turkish government and Muslim Turks, especially the repression of Assyrian Christians, Armenian Christians, and Jews.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing and uploading this video:

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

Christine Williams to the OSCE: We Must Not Discriminate When Applying Rules on Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance and Discrimination

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Working Session 17: Combating racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination

Intervention read by Christine Williams, representing Mission Europa

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: The Turkish Ethnic Cleansing of Northern Cyprus

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

Working Session 10
Fundamental Freedoms I

Intervention read by Uzay Bulut, representing Gatestone Institute

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.