Friday, October 19, 2012

OSCE Warsaw: HDIM 2012 Wrap-Up

OSCE logo

In a series of articles earlier this month (see the bottom of this post for a complete list) we reported on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw.

The “Human Dimension” is one of three general categories within the OSCE. It gives governments, NGOs, and members of civil society in all the member states of the OSCE the opportunity to send representatives to meetings where human rights policies and initiatives are discussed.

Over the past few years Islamic groups have gradually taken over much of the HDIM proceedings. Working mainly through representatives of Turkey and the “’stans”, but also non-governmental Islamic immigrant groups from Western European countries, they have changed the emphasis from human rights as they are traditionally understood within a Western context to the “rights” laid out by the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam. The Muslim participants generally follow the strategies recommended by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), demonizing “Islamophobia” and demanding action to prevent “the defamation of religions”.

This month the extent of the Islamization of the OSCE was highlighted by the attendance of Salam al-Marayati, the founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), as the official representative from the United States government.

OSCE Warsaw 2012: The team

Fortunately for the Counterjihad, a team of seven dedicated opponents of shariah was dispatched to Warsaw this month to push back against the pressure from the OIC. They came from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, and the USA, and represented ICLA, BPE, the Stresemann Foundation, and ACT! For America. The Islamic activists at the meeting seemed surprised by such intense resistance, and reacted with predictable antagonism.

Our team made presentations, issued responses, and held a side event to demand the abrogation of the Cairo Declaration. The presentations and responses were filed as conference papers, and all have now been officially posted as PDF documents on the OSCE website. A complete list of these documents is below.

International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)
Official OSCE list of documents

Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE)
Official OSCE list of documents

The Stresemann Foundation
Official OSCE list of documents

ACT! For America
Official OSCE list of documents

Previous posts about the OSCE and the Counterjihad:

2009 Jul 25 A Report on the OSCE Roundtable
  Sep 30 ICLA Tackles Fundamental Freedoms at the OSCE Meeting in Warsaw
  Oct 1 The ICLA Meets the OSCE, Round 2
  Nov 5 The OSCE: Islam and Violence Against Women
    7 Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding Under Fire At OSCE Meeting in Vienna
    7 “Hate Speech” Accusations at the OSCE Meeting
    8 What is Medica Zenica?
    10 Report on the OSCE Supplementary Human Rights Dimension Meeting
2011 Oct 28 ESW: Liveblogging In Vienna
    28 Steering Public Discourse
    28 Fallacies That Deserve Correction
    29 Towards a “Responsible” Freedom of Speech in Europe
    29 Islamophobia, Islamic Slander, and the OSCE
  Nov 10 The OSCE Fights Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna
    10 When Good Intentions Go Bad
    12 ESW: The ACT! For America Interview at OSCE
    12 OSCE: The murky waters of political correctness
    29 ACT! For America: A Report on the OSCE Meeting in Vienna
2012 Oct 2 OSCE Warsaw: Which Human Rights?
    2 OSCE Warsaw: Apostasy and Its Consequences
    2 OSCE Warsaw: ICLA Demands the Abrogation of the Cairo Declaration
    2 OSCE Warsaw: Join the Brussels Process!
    2 OSCE Warsaw: Islamophobia, Occupation and Slander
    2 OSCE Warsaw: Islam as a Political Ideology
    2 OSCE Warsaw: A Thinly Veiled Threat of Violence
    2 OSCE Warsaw: Define Your Terms!
    2 OSCE Warsaw: Bashing Islamophobia
    3 OSCE Warsaw: The Battle Has Begun
    3 OSCE Warsaw: Tolerance and Non-Discrimination II
    3 OSCE Warsaw: “Hate Crimes”
    3 OSCE Warsaw: Kamal Fahmi on Freedom of Speech
    3 OSCE Warsaw: The ICLA Side Event
    3 OSCE Warsaw: An Advocate for Hamas Representing the U.S. Government
    4 OSCE Warsaw: “Threats Have No Place Here”
    8 OSCE Warsaw: The MPAC Connection
    12 OSCE Warsaw: A Response to Salam al-Marayati
    13 OSCE Warsaw: ICLA Side Event on the Cairo Declaration
    14 OSCE Warsaw: A Major Victory for Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa


dymphna said...

I know a lot of our readers are suffering from MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over) re the many reports on this year's conference for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (alias, OSCE).

However, it is most important to have some knowledge of OSCE's history and make-up so we can see how groups like this are gradually (or sometimes less so) taken over by an Islamic agenda. It is happening to groups across the West and every time one of them succumbs we are at greater risk of losing out political freedoms.

What the Baron has done in outlining in great detail the extent to which a dedicated group of volunteers can effect pushback and prevention of that outcome - at least in this case.

This record he's compiled is of historical importance and will prevent a distortion of reality in the future. These volunteers quietly turned it around, despite the anti-semitic Muslim that America's president saw fit to send to Warsaw to represnt the U.S.

The work the volunteers did will be of lasting importance, especially if others pick up the baton in the future and carry it forward. It is awe-inspiring to see what unssung heroes can accomplish in spite of the defeaning silence of the elites.

BTW, a factoid for you: the training course for U.S. candidates for OSCE, put out by -ahem- The United States Institute of Peace:

An Online Training Course for US candidates to OSCE

Anybody know anything about USIP?? Sounds like one more "You Sip the Kool Aid" to me, but then the last few years have raised my paranoia. I've been busy knitting tin-foil hats for the good guys.

babs said...

I know one thing about the USIP; that is that their recently constructed building cost more than $350 million to build!
I watched opening day on C-SPAN and thought to myself these guys deserve a couple of cubicles in the basement of the State Dept...