Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
20th November, 2015
126 member-states of the UN voted for the document, 53 countries, including member-nations of the European Union abstained from voting
Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution on measures against the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that facilitate the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance related to them.
A total of 126 member-states of the UN voted for the document and four countries — Canada, Palau, the US, and Ukraine — voted against it. Another 53 countries, including member-nations of the European Union abstained from voting.
As many as 115 countries voted for a similar resolution last year but three countries — Canada, Ukraine, and the US — voted against it.
The resolution condemns unconditionally any denial of Holocaust and expresses concern over any forms of glorification of the Nazi movement, former members of the Waffen SS organization, including the installation of memorials to them, and the ‘unending attempts to desecrate or destroy the monuments to those who fought with Nazism during World War II.
In this connection, the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly urged the member-states to adopt the laws necessary for fighting with racism and to continue taking the steps helpful for the prevention of statements powered by hatred or enticements to violence against the members of vulnerable groups.
Along with it, the resolution stresses the important of full compliance of any such measures with international norms in the sphere of human rights.
The resolution also calls attention to an active use of the Internet for the propaganda of racism and xenophobia and underlines the importance of counteraction to it in the format of law and the International Pact on Civil and Political Rights.
Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Yevgeny Zagainov, who presented the draft resolution said the committee was meeting on the eve of the 70th anniversary since the setting up of the Nuremberg Trials that "[…] gave an answer once and forever to who embodied the forces of good and evil during World War II."
He said the adoption of the resolution on the background of maximum support on the part of the member-states would make a practical contribution to the eradication of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and the intolerance linked to them.