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UN General Assembly Votes To Combat Nazism, over U.S., U.K., Ukraine and German Objection

The UN General Assembly yesterday adopted a Russian-drafted resolution on combating the glorification of Nazism, by a vote of 118-49. Among those voting against were the U.S., the U.K. and Ukraine. Of some note, Germany voted against and Israel voted in favor.

Entitled “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of modern forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” the resolution recommends that countries take appropriate concrete measures, “including in the field of legislation and education, in accordance with their international obligations in the field of human rights, in order to prevent the revision of the history and results of the Second World War and the denial of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Second World War.” It also calls on member states “to take active measures to ensure that education systems develop the necessary content to provide accurate accounts of history, as well as promote tolerance and other international human rights principles.” [The link refers to the text of the resolution, submitted every year by Russia and other states to the UN General Assembly, and passed on Dec. 15, 2022, as translated on the Foreign Ministry site Annex 2—ed.]

The authors of the document strongly condemn incidents related to the glorification and propaganda of Nazism, in particular, the application of pro-Nazi graffiti and drawings, including on monuments to victims of World War II.

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