US and Ukraine again vote against UN resolution on combating Nazism

At a plenary meeting on December 19 the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution on combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other types of discriminatory practices, annually submitted by Russia. 133 states voted for the document – eight more than in mid-November, when the document was considered in the 3rd General Assembly Committee.

Like a month ago, the United States and Ukraine were the only countries to oppose the adoption of the document. Another 49 countries, including Germany, Poland, France and other countries of the European Union, abstained from voting.

In the resolution, the UN General Assembly expressed deep concern "about the heroization in any form" of the Nazi movement and former members of the Waffen SS organization, including through the construction of memorials, as well as "unceasing attempts to desecrate or destroy monuments erected in memory of those, who fought against Nazism during the Second World War." In addition, the document draws attention to the enhancement of Nazi groups and "an increase in the number of seats held by representatives of extremist parties of a racist or xenophobic kind in certain national and local parliaments." In this situation, the General Assembly called on the countries "to take precise measures, including in the legislative and educational fields, in order to prevent the revision of the results of the Second World War and the denial of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during World War II."

When considering the document, the countries refrained from public speaking. A month earlier, during the discussion of the text prepared by Moscow, the United States proposed amending the document, removing from it a number of provisions, including the article expressing concern over the increased desecration and destruction of monuments to fighters against Nazism. The proposal of the American side was rejected by the overwhelming majority of votes.

Resolutions on countering Nazism have been adopted by the General Assembly since 2005. Last year, a similar document was supported by 136 states, and the same US and Ukraine voted against. Another 48 countries abstained.

DONi News Agency