Gatestone Institute 28 November 2012
By Soeren Kern
The most important goal of dialogue is "to introduce Islam" and "to correct the erroneous slanders raised against Islam." — Saudi Press Agency
Saudi Arabia has officially opened the doors of a controversial new "interreligious and intercultural dialogue center" in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The King Abdullah International Center for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue was inaugurated during an elaborate ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in downtown Vienna on November 26. More than 650 high-profile guests from around the world attended the event, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the foreign ministers of the center's three founding states, Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia.
Fox News 27 November 2012
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries are attending the inauguration of a Saudi-sponsored center for inter-religious dialogue that opens later Monday.
The project is co-sponsored by Austria and Spain. Its board will consist of three Christians, three Muslims, a Jew, a Buddhist and a Hindu.
Complaining about poor conditions in the centre where they live, about three hundred asylum seekers took part in a march in Austria.
Gates of Vienna 9 November 2012
The annual Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is currently underway in Vienna. Session 1 was held today, and the topic was "Freedom of Association: obstacles to the full realization of this right and ways to overcome them”.
Gates of Vienna 19 October 2012
By Baron Bodissey
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.
ICLA 4 October 2012
By Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
This report was written by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. She was part of a team representing the civil liberties organizations ACT! For America, Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE), the Stresemann Foundation, and the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).
Below is a photo of the seven team members:
From left to right:
Alain Wagner (France) is the leader of the Stop Sharia campaign and a co-founder of the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).David Erzet (Belgium) represents the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).Dave Petteys (USA) represents ACT! for America 5280 Coalition. Felix Strüning (Germany) is the managing director of the Stresemann Foundation — A Lobby for Freedom. Henrik Ræder Clausen (Denmark) represents the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA).Liz Schmidt (Germany) represents Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Austria). Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (Austria) is a board member of Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Germany).
Jihad Watch 4 October 2012
Canada's National Post takes aim at a word that is being used to stifle debate and destroy foes of jihad and Islamic supremacism. "Opinion: Stop calling criticism of Islam ‘Islamophobia,’" by Jackson Doughart and Faisal Saeed al-Mutar in the National Post, September 26
The English language needs a moratorium on the word Islamophobia, a term often used to describe bigotry against Muslims. Unfortunately, it is also used reflexively to denounce critics of Islam, who contribute to a valuable and ongoing debate concerning the relationship between the West and the worldwide Islamic community. This subject is important because several Western countries, such as Denmark, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, are being forced to reconsider their approaches to immigration and culture in light of deep clashes between the Muslim immigrants and the native population.
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ICLA 2 October 2012
Working session 10: Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief.
On behalf of of International Civil Liberties Alliance, I would like to ask the following question:
How can the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights appropriately help the Participating States to make sure that their legislation concerning freedom of religion and belief is in compliance with the commitments of the OSCE and other international standards.