Moscow is disappointed some foreign delegations to the United Nations are unprepared to come out against the proliferation of Nazi and neo-Nazi ideas, as follows from the Foreign Ministry’s commentary devoted to the voting in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly session on the Russian draft resolution on the struggle against Nazism and extremism.
"As before, it is rather disappointing some delegations on the excuse of concern about the freedom of expression and assembly are unprepared to come out against the proliferation of racist and extremist ideas. Such actions run counter to countries’ obligations under the main international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Radial Discrimination," the Foreign Ministry’s commentary runs. "The emergence of the United Nations more than 70 years ago was a response to innumerable crimes by the Nazis and those who collaborated with them in pushing ahead with the theory of racial superiority in practice. Denying these crimes would be immoral and blasphemous."
"The results of the voting demonstrated most countries’ unflagging support for the traditional Russian initiative, which has been proposed for consideration at the UN General Assembly every year since 2005. This resolution concerns not the echo of the past, but modern and rather dangerous manifestations of racism, which are a common challenge to entire international community," the commentary says.
The resolution "expresses profound concern over attempts to whitewash former members of the SS, including Waffen-SS units, which participated in the extermination of civilian population and were recognized as criminal by the Nuremberg Tribunal."
"Connivance with the cynical logic of heroization of Nazism has triggered a war on monuments honoring the fighters with Nazism and at the same time resulted the declaration of those who had fought on the Nazi side against the anti-Hitler coalition countries as heroes equal in status to participants in the national liberation movements," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the 73rd UN General Assembly session in New York on November 15 adopted a resolution entitled "Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance." The resolution was co-authored by 54 countries. A total of 130 countries voted for it, 51 countries abstained and only the United States and Ukraine came out against.