The third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted on Thursday a resolution on combating the glorification of Nazism and combating contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia. Three countries – USA, Ukraine and Palau – voted against the document presented by Russia in collaboration with 54 States, reports TASS.
The draft was supported by 131 countries, including Belarus, Venezuela, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, China and Syria. 48 States, including European Union members, abstained. Last year the same text was supported by 126 countries and four were against (Canada, Palau, USA and Ukraine). At this time, Canada were among the abstentions.
The U.S. delegation the U.S. position was explained by the fact that the resolution is politicized and undermines freedom of speech, contrary to the principles enshrined in the universal Declaration of human rights, reports ABC News.
“The United States cannot support the resolution due to a too narrow framework and political nature, because it imposes unacceptable limitations on the fundamental principles for freedom of expression of opinion”, – said the representative of the USA at the UN Stephanie Amadeo.
The document, which will be submitted to the plenary session of the GA in December, expressed “deep concern about the glorification, in any form,” the Nazi movement and former members of the Waffen SS, including by building memorials to them, as well as “the ongoing attempts of defilement or destruction of monuments erected in memory of those who fought against Nazism during the Second world war.”
The Committee of the UN General Assembly encouraged “to adopt concrete measures, including in the legislative field and in education to prevent the denial of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Second world war.”
The increasingly wide use of the Internet for propaganda and dissemination of ideas of racism, racial hatred and xenophobia, the resolution stresses the need to promote the use of information and communication technologies to combat this trend.