Glorification of Nazism must stop – UNGA

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Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011). Follow him on Twitter @Amb_Yakovenko
Glorification of Nazism must stop – UNGA
The UNGA recently adopted a resolution “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

It was supported by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States: 133 states voted for this document, 57 became its co-sponsors, and only Ukraine and the United States voted against.

This resolution is a collective and decisive response of the international community to the resurgence of neo-Nazism and violent nationalist ideologies based on racial and national prejudice. It expresses deep concern about the glorification of the Nazi movement and former members of the SS Waffen, including by erecting monuments and memorials, holding public demonstrations in the name of Nazi collaborators and venerating those who fought on the side of Hitler as national heroes. It condemns any denial of the Holocaust, manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment and violence against persons or communities on the basis of ethnic origin or religious belief, as well as attempts to demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who died during the Second World War.

It is regrettable that some states, including the United Kingdom, abstained from voting, thus failing to join the vast majority of countries in supporting this resolution and in preserving the memory of those who gave their lives for a better future.

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