and UK oppose anti-Nazi decision at UN

37 and UK oppose anti-Nazi decision at UN

Washington and its allies have voted in opposition to the doc aimed toward combating extremism and intolerance

The UN Basic Meeting has adopted a decision condemning the glorification of neo-Nazism, racism and different types of hatred, regardless of the opposition from many Western international locations – together with the US, UK and Canada. 

The decision that condemns “the persistence and resurgence of neo-Nazism, neo-Fascism and violent nationalist ideologies primarily based on racial and nationwide prejudice” was adopted on Friday by a vote of 111-50, with 14 abstentions. 

With out singling out any nation, the doc additional expresses “deep concern” in regards to the glorification of Nazi figures and actions, together with former members of the Waffen SS and different items that fought in opposition to the anti-Hitler coalition throughout World Warfare II. 

Lisa Carty, US envoy to the UN Financial and Social Council, argued that the decision sponsored by Russia and 35 different international locations was “not a critical effort to fight Nazism,” however “a obtrusive try by Russia to additional its geopolitical goals.” 

“That is extra egregious now, when Russia makes use of false accusations of Nazism to attempt to justify its warfare of aggression in opposition to Ukraine,” Carty stated in an announcement. 

Moscow has repeatedly drawn consideration to open celebrations of SS veterans and the members of the Group of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), whose members collaborated with Nazi Germany, in present-day Ukraine. 

“The marches of neo-Nazis and the torchlight processions in honor of these, who actively labored with the Nazis and have been accomplices of their crimes, are going down on the streets of cities within the middle of Europe,” Russian diplomat Grigory Lukyantsev stated in a speech on the UN on Friday. Ukraine was one of many international locations that voted in opposition to the decision. 

A number of Jewish teams and several other international locations, together with Russia and Poland, strongly condemned the standing ovation given to Ukrainian SS veteran Yaroslav Hunka by Canada’s parliament in the course of the go to of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in September. The incident prompted the resignation of Canada’s Home of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota, who claimed that he was unaware of Hunka’s previous. 

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