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.
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.
- ICLA speech on dual interpretation of human rights (English)
- Answer to Mr Quaraishy from working session 10 (English)
- International Civil Liberties Alliance recommendation for working session 11 (English)
- Response to the US Delegation (English)
- 2012 Brussels Declaration (English)
- 2012 Brussels Declaration (Deutsch)
- Freedom of Religion (Français)
- The Right to be Silenced? (English)
- Right to Peaceful Assembly — Only For Some? (English)
- Which human rights? (English)
- Freedom of expression only for you or also for me? (English)
- Apostasy and its Consequences (English)
- Statement by Burgerbewegung Pax Europa-Austria (English)
- Position of BPE (Burgerbewegung Pax Europa) On Criticism of the German Interior Ministry’s Poster Campaign Against the Radicalization of Young People (Deutsch)
- Hate Crimes (English)
- Democratic states may not prohibit expression of opinion (Deutsch)
- There is no such thing as “Islamophobia” (English)
- There is no such thing as “Islamophobia” (Deutsch)
- Meinungsfreiheit — Menschenrecht oder Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit? (English)
- Meinungsfreiheit — Menschenrecht oder Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit? (Deutsch)
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