Tuesday, October 02, 2012

OSCE Warsaw: A Thinly Veiled Threat of Violence

This is the sixth in a series of posts on this week’s OSCE “Human Dimension Implementation” meeting in Warsaw. More will be coming later today. See the list of links at the bottom of this post for previous articles.

The statement below was offered by ICLA in response to the representative of a Muslim NGO at the meeting.

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ICLA Responds To European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion

(Originally posted at ICLA)

Answer to Mr Quraishy from working session 10 : Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief. Warsaw 2012

The distinguished representative of European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion, Mr. Quraishy, told us this morning that if what he calls “provocations” against Muslims are not stopped by states, this will jeopardize world peace.

This shocking declaration constitutes a thinly veiled threat of violence in the very heart of an organization dedicated to the preservation of security in the OSCE region. This declaration is in perfect alignment with the riots we have been seeing repeatedly and which aim to weaken the democracy countries’ resolve to defend the fundamental right of free speech.

ICLA strongly condemns such recourse of threats to free speech in the OSCE area and reminds all actors that this approach is contrary to OSCE principles as well as to the spirit of cooperation and sincerity of this assembly.

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