Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
A report by Dr. Gregor Puppinck (pictured), head of the European Centre for Law and Justice, recently came out after six months of study, in which it was revealed that a sizeable portion of the judges working for the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) were, at some point in the past, working for George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) or related NGOs. Valeurs Actuelles, the go-to magazine for those on the right, where Macron will go when he has to pitch a right-leaning idea publicly, published an exclusive report just in the last week on Puppinck’s findings, which seems to have found its way into independent French-language reporting according to a google search. Alas, the MSM aren’t touching it.
The ECHR generally seems to be pushing a ‘progressive’ social agenda on many states, to which each has sent a judge to represent it. These aren’t just 27 EU states, in fact, but a total of 47 in all (see map). Their rulings, often relating to issues such as gay marriage, the right to abortion, gay couple adoption, the right to change sex, assisted contraception and surrogate mothers, etc., have force over the nation state, obliging countries to go along with these decisions by giving reparations to victims, and to change their laws and judicial practices. The ECHR’s decisions matter, especially when they have increasingly come out of a particular ideology, that of Soros. Of 100 judges in all since 2009, 22 are found to be related in some way, directly or indirectly, to the OSF and six other NGOs, which are financed by the OSF. This from Puppinck:
When we looked more closely at the background of the judges of the European Court of Human Rights, we never imagined the troubling discoveries we would make.
After a 6 month investigation, we are releasing an important report outlining the extent of the relationship between NGOs and ECHR judges, and the resulting problems and conflicts of interest.
We have identified seven NGOs that are both active at the Court, and have judges among their former staff. At least 22 of the 100 judges who have served since 2009 are former staff or leaders of these seven NGOs.
Among these, the Open Society Network stands out for the number of judges linked to it (12) and for the fact that it actually funds the other six organisations identified in this report.
The powerful presence of the Open Society and its affiliates is problematic in many ways. But even more serious is the fact that 18 of the 22 judges were found to have served on cases initiated or supported by the organization with which they were previously associated.
We have identified 88 problematic cases over the last 10 years. In only 12 cases have judges abstained from sitting because of their connection with an NGO involved.
And this is a low assessment that does not even take into account the close financial links between NGOs. For example, we did not identify all cases involving other NGOs funded by the Open Society Foundation, nor did we identify all cases in which a judge from an NGO funded by OSF ruled in cases in which that foundation acted.
This situation is serious, and calls into question the independence of the Court and the impartiality of the judges. These conflicts must be remedied immediately.
Our report makes proposals to that end. In particular, greater attention should be paid to the choice of candidates for the post of judge by avoiding the appointment of activists and campaigners. The report also makes proposals to ensure transparency of interests and links between applicants, judges and NGOs, and to formalise the procedures for deportation and disqualification.
Read the full report of the ECLJ: NGOs and Judges of the ECHR 2009 – 2019.
(The appendices are available here).
As a follow-up to this report, the ECLJ has decided to formally refer the matter to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in accordance with Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure, which provides for an effective petitions procedure. We invite you to join our petition.
This Assembly is in charge of the election of judges, has a power of investigation and can make recommendations to the representatives of the 47 States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights, to whom we have also addressed this report.
The grip of Soros on the ECHR revealed by French weekly
In its latest issue, a French weekly revealed the extent of the influence of Georges Soros, the Hungarian billionaire at the head of the NGO network Open Society Foundations, on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
François-Xavier Bellamy (pictured), philosopher and member of the European Parliament, denounced the increasingly important prerogatives that the ECHR grants itself.
The in-depth investigative work carried out by Gregor Puppinck is an opportunity to highlight the current functioning of the ECHR, and the essential questions it raises he told Valeurs Actuelles.
The first issue is that of the transparency of the judgments rendered by this institution, as well as of the whole European decision-making more generally. Bellamy sees this in Parliament, where the sums of money committed to “lobbying” actions are huge, as is the case in the European Commission.
Since interested parties are entered in a register, they are present at many stages of the legislative process and among these representatives who claim an interest, a very large number are employed by different NGOs which defend their political vision.
“I find it worrying that lobbyists, whoever they are, write us amendments ready to be tabled directly, or interventions to be pronounced in session”, explained Bellamy. “This mixing of roles, which can also be read in the report by Gregor Puppinck, is obviously contrary to the necessary independence of public authorities – legislative, executive as well as judicial – from private actors.”
Part of the distrust of the European Union comes precisely from the fact that citizens do not have complete confidence in this independence, which should be rigorously established. He said in the ECHR this collusion between magistrates and NGOs is a symptom of this failure.
“The second question posed by this report is even more fundamental, and touches on the very philosophy of our institutions: the principle of the balance of powers seems today to be largely broken, by the objective superiority which the judiciary has today with regard to the executive and the legislative.
“And it is at the ECHR that this imbalance manifests itself most clearly. As Gregor Puppinck shows, a very extensive vision of the European Convention on Human Rights today leads the judges of this institution to judge the law and the decisions of the States on subjects as different as their foreign, migratory, educational, family, societal, etc…
“Legitimate rulers, democratically elected parliaments can see their decisions prevented, even sanctioned, in the name of the interpretation that judges give of a very general founding text, and the principles of which could be used to justify very varied decisions.
“The principle of equality before the law can be used to justify extending medically assisted procreation (PMA) to all women – but also to refuse it in the name of the fact that every child has the right to a father.
Respect for human dignity may involve for some welcoming all migrants; for others, including myself, it imposes on the contrary to control our borders to put an end to the sinister business of smugglers,” Bellamy pointed out.
“Only a democratic choice, after a political debate, can decide such choices; and to deprive citizens of their power to decide in the name of the idea that one has of their rights is dangerous irony.”
The founder of Puy du Fou, French politician Philippe de Villiers (pictured), also commented on the grip of the network of NGOs run by Georges Soros on the European Court of Human Rights. He saluted the courage of the whistleblower Puppinck and denounced the power of the OSF, today “more powerful than a country like France”.
And the former European MP knows what he is talking about. Last March, his shock investigation on the founding fathers of the European Union revealed that Jean Monnet has a contemporary alter ego: Georges Soros.
“When Soros solicits Emmanuel Macron, he gets the answer before asking the question,” says De Villiers.
“There is a specific example. Soros asked for the French ambassador’s scalp. He got it right away.”
He said the American billionaire was dangerous. “He has completely infiltrated the European Parliament,” said De Villiers, who is not surprised by the whistleblower’s information, which demonstrated in great detail how Georges Soros infiltrated the ECHR through his network of NGOs, the Open Society Foundations.
“The man who manipulates the European Court of Human Rights , Georges Soros, does not stop there. He himself confided with a smiling kindness: ‘I am a head of state without a state’. He is the number one lobbyist in the world.”
A lobbyist with considerable power since he has penetrated European bodies with ease, and this “is due to the fact that it is globalized private interests that govern Europe,” explained Philippe de Villiers.
The Open Society Foundations is therefore more powerful than a country like France. Georges Soros is much more powerful than Emmanuel Macron. Moreover, the nickname given to him in Brussels speaks for itself: “the puppet master”.
The former minister continued: “He wants to bring about the ‘me society’. The total individual who believes he is freer than ever by submitting to market propaganda, a poor little man connected and atomized in the lonely crowd. For Soros, everything must be deconstructed. He wants a world freed from the communities of history and destiny, in favor of a shapeless space of pure rights populated by abstract individuals.
“His genius is to have known how to set up a galaxy of influence which succeeds in weighing on the world of ideas and thus in dictating the political agenda in Europe. The subliminal programme behind all of this is as follows: blowing up the boundaries of Western civilization; the physical border and the anthropological border. To make a replaceable, uprooted, disaffiliated nomadic man. Soros is the factory of the sandman.”
Le Pen calls on Macron to denounce Soros’ ‘undemocratic manipulations’
The president of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, responded after the shocking revelations by a French weekly magazine on how the European Court of Human Rights has been infiltrated by organisations answering to the American “philanthropist” George Soros.
The former and future candidate for the presidential election said that the Court of Cassation and the Council of State in France should no longer take into account the opinions of the ECHR, after French weekly Valeurs Actuelles revealed the collusion between Soros and the court.
Le Pen expressed her shock at the findings of the investigation by Valeurs Actuelles, pointing to the excesses of the European Court of Human Rights, notably under the influence of the Soros Open Society Foundation.
“All those who have eyes, ears and incidentally a brain, know the drifts of the ECHR, but objectively, the revelations that are made within the framework of the report which was published are incredible.
“The situation is much more serious than one could imagine. It had not escaped anyone that the ECHR seemed to be on a slope which consisted of imposing, as its decisions were made, the total opening of borders, the loss of power for nations, and progressivism at its most questionable. Or that it had made astonishing changes in jurisprudence, in particular by granting the possibility, if the spouses agree, to be able to apply the laws of sharia in Greece,” Le Pen noted.
On Twitter, the president of RN estimated that “faced with these very serious revelations, Emmanuel Macron can no longer remain silent.” She said a “free state must act against these undemocratic manipulations”.
The Rebelion en la granja website emphasized that “the objective of this survey, based on in-depth research, is to contribute to the proper functioning of the European system for the protection of human rights, in particular its independence, which must be guaranteed by relationship to the power not only of States, but also, and above all, of non-governmental organisations”.
The extent of the Hungarian billionaire’s influence, revealed by Valeurs Actuelles, is startling to say the least. By not mentioning their collaboration with NGOs, ECHR lawyers obliterate any trace of the NGO’s involvement in trial procedures.
The number of such cases analyzed by author Grégor Puppinck over the past decade is considerable, but sadly these only constitute the tip of the iceberg.
To carry out his research, the lawyer relied on the Court’s official database, Hudoc, which allows one to consult the text of the summary of cases and that of the judgments rendered. However, this tool only allows a fragmentary glance at the extent of the influence of the Soros-funded NGOs in question.
Firstly because only a minority of the cases decided are published on Hudoc, but also because of a lack of rigor and transparency in the procedures of the Strasbourg institution.
The example of the Helsinki Foundation in Poland, is a striking one in particular. According to official data from the ECHR, it intervened nine times as a representative of the applicants between 2009 and 2019.
But a careful examination of the NGO’s activity reports shows that it had filed 16 applications and 32 files for the defense, all for the year 2017 alone. By “omitting” to specify that they work for an NGO, their lawyers, or the lawyers of the Court themselves, erase all traces of the NGO’s involvement in the proceedings and the final judgment.
Thus, the public and the majority of judges do not know that such a Soros NGO is actually behind this case.
The special file published by Valeurs Actuelles, demonstrating George Soros’ control over the European Court of Human Rights, has also been reported in the international media.
News Front reported the statements of Nicolas Bay, vice-president of the Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament: “Guided by George Soros and his agenda aimed at imposing an open society, the ECHR has become the embodiment of the government of judges against the will of the people. In light of these overwhelming revelations, it is more necessary than ever to get them out!”
The billionaire has been imposing his ideology of an “open society” on Europe. The Alternativas news website thus evoked “the tentacles of Soros” to control the Court of Strasbourg. The Spanish media Moncloa, for its part, recalled how almost all the magistrates of this European High Court were funded by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), one of the magnate’s NGOs in which he has already injected more than 18 billion euros.
For its part, the Hungarian site Mandiner cited the example of Albania, highlighted by the French weekly, a country where the Open Society Foundations has invested more than 131 million since 1992. One of the three candidates from the OSF in Albania for the position of judge, was elected a few days after the publication of the VA article.
The French lawyer and whistleblower Gregor Puppinck, who has exposed the ECHR, sits on the committee of experts on the reform of the ECHR and leads the European Centre for Law and Justice, and therefore has extensive insight into the the workings of the institution.
According to him, at least 22 of the 100 judges that had served on the ECHR between January 2009 and October 2019 had “strong links” to one of seven NGOs linked with George Soros prior to their appointment to the court. Their respective roles varied from “official responsibilities” to “meaningful” participation in these organisations.
Furthermore, at least 18 of the 22 judges actually heard cases involving the NGO with which they had been directly involved – constituting a serious conflict of interest.
Puppinck listed the NGOs as the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the Helsinki Committees for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Interights (International Centre for the Judicial Protection of Human Rights), and “various branches” of the Open Society Foundations itself.
Most information about the collusion were obtained from the CVs of future judges published online by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The PACE elects judges to the ECHR from lists of three candidates proposed by each member state to the European Convention on Human Rights. Candidates for the position are typically former NGO employees and do not represent their countries – as such they are deemed to be “impartial”.
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