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7/9 Brussels, Belgium Int'l Human Rights & Freedom of Speech Conference
Int'l Civil Liberties Alliance ^ | July 11, 2012 | ICLA

Posted on 07/17/2012 6:45:21 AM PDT by wtd

9 July 2012, Brussels Belgium:

On 9 July, the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) presented an International Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Over 100 people from numerous, countries, cultures, and backgrounds took part in this milestone event at which Lars Hedegaard of the Danish Free Press Society received the “Defender of Freedom” award.

The conference was organised in response to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC’s) Istanbul Process, which seeks to institute a global blasphemy law that would BAN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION UNDER SHARIA DOCTRINE WORLDWIDE.

Many governments are actively aiding the Istanbul Process (including the US with Hillary Clinton attempting to sneak an end run against our first amendment with a “test of consequences”), rather than opposing it as they should to preserve the liberties of their citizens. The European Union’s offer to host the next meeting of the OIC’s Istanbul Process shows that organization’s willingness to impose severe restrictions on traditional rights and freedoms of citizens within the European Union. The principal purpose of the International Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Conference was to encourage an open and fact-based public debate on these issues, and to provide policy guidance for political leaders, especially those who themselves are raising the alarm over the OIC’s totalitarian sharia doctrines against free expression, civil liberties, women’s rights, homosexual rights and religious freedom.

The highlight of the conference was the formal presentation of the Defender of Freedom Award by Canadian author Mark Steyn to Lars Hedegaard, founder of the Danish Free Press Society (Trykkefrihedsselskabet) and the International Free Press Society.

The principal outcome of ICLA’s 9 July Conference in the European Parliament was the “Brussels Declaration to Safeguard Individual Liberties and Human Rights.” That Declaration describes and launches a systematic ‘Brussels Process,’ designed to stimulate public debate on the conflict between sharia and liberty; to provide a counterweight to the efforts of the OIC to impose blasphemy laws in Europe and other countries; to re-establish standards of good governance and reasonable foreign relations based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights and national constitutions; and to reject the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam as a basis for any discussions on human rights and civil liberties. Working Groups for the Brussels Process were organized to develop legislative initiatives and briefings for policymakers and the media, in order to work to implement the Brussels Process as a moderate and prudent approach to protect free expression and human rights. The Brussels Declaration was developed with ongoing consultation with legislators in several countries.

The Conference was attended by participants from eighteen countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, UK, and the USA.

The International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) is a human rights organisation dedicated, in the spirit of classical liberalism, to protecting democracy, freedom and individual liberties from religious and political doctrines that oppose those rights and liberties. ICLA does so through its voluntary members’ work to endorse, coordinate and promote educational and advocacy campaigns, legislative initiatives and changes in policies of governments and civil society.

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TOPICS: Education; History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: blasphemylaws; freespeech; icla; oic
Several blogs are covering this landmark meeting, with this post at Durotrigan's UK blog providing excellent additional information:


Durotrigan's post includes the youtube link to a time consuming but highly recommended video briefing by Stephen Coughlin.

For those who are unfamiliar with the name Stephen Coughlin, consider the fact that in 2008, as the only Islam expert at the Pentagon, he was fired from his position with the military's Joint Staff after opposition by one of his superiors, one "Hisham Islam" as a result of Hisham Islam's concerns about Coughlin's exposé regarding gov't infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The decision to fire Coughlin came from within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.

"Gordon England joined the Bush administration as secretary of the Navy, in 2001, Islam went to work on his staff. In 2005, when England, after a stint in Homeland Security took over from Paul Wolfowitz in the Defense Department’s number two slot of deputy secretary, Islam came with him."via NRO link

It was under Gordon England that US Marines constructed the first shrine to Islam at Quantico.

The Orwellian process of eliminating all negative references which could possibly identify the enemy within becomes very clear when one is exposed to the work of Stephen Coughlin and the Brussels Process launched last week in Brussels to counter the significant efforts of the OIC, UN and our very own Secretary of State to censure critics of global Islamic hegemony.

1 posted on 07/17/2012 6:45:28 AM PDT by wtd
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To: wtd
Alternate title:
Hillary Clinton attempting to sneak an end run against America's first amendment with a “test of consequences" to satisfy UN's 57 member, OIC Organization of Islamic Conference's Cooperation's global blasphemy law aka seeking uniform global sharia compliance.
The Brussel's Conference is a landmark effort by multiple free nations responding to this threat.
2 posted on 07/17/2012 7:44:28 AM PDT by wtd
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To: wtd

Gates of Vienna, also covered it

3 posted on 07/17/2012 6:44:26 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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Yes, thank you. The EXCELLENT GatesofVienna blog is posting several videos from the Brussels Process.

I hope to see many more blogs picking up this urgent matter.

As a matter of fact, GatesofVienna also posted this thread An American Nightmare in which they feature a video report from Stakelbeck on Terror which if you ff to the 27 minute mark in the video you'll see:

addresses the threats against our Constitutional rights under the UN/57 member state OIC/ Istanbul Process which Hillary is a willing party to. . .w/Sam Nunberg of the Legal Project discussing what we need to do . . .and soon. FF 27 minute mark

Eric Stakelbeck: We're wrapping up here with Sam Nunberg, Director of The Legal Project. Sam, people at home are probably listening to this, and it's frightening, it's maddening, they're angry. What can we do about this?
Sam Nunberg: Well, the good news is we can do a lot about it, and we could win. We could beat this. What we first need to do is reverse the Obama Administration's policy and leave the UN Human Rights Council. Because, once we join councils like that, we vote for international resolutions which could become international legal norm and eventually come over into our own courts.
Eric Stakelbeck: And the Obama administration got us onto The Human Rights Council at the UN.
Sam Nunberg: Right. They reversed, yes, they reversed the Bush Administration, AND THEY HAVE TO RE-UP THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN OCTOBER. So, that could be a political issue for the election. I think what we also need to do is just be virulent, and you know, we are on the right. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF RELIGION that I think all groups can support. We need to reach out and find some of our allies on the left.

4 posted on 07/19/2012 4:52:09 PM PDT by wtd
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