unoThe General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday adopted a resolution against glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that encourage modern forms of racism and xenophobia.

A total of 133 countries – four more than last year – supported the document. The United States and Ukraine traditionally voted against. 52 nations, including Austria, France, Turkey, Czech Republic and Slovakia abstained.

In the document, the General Assembly “urges States to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination by all appropriate means, including legislation as required by circumstances.”

The resolution, co-authored by over 60 countries, “expresses deep concern about the glorification, in any form, of the Nazi movement, neo-Nazism and former members of the Waffen SS organization,” including by “declaring or attempting to declare such members and those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition, collaborated with the Nazi movement and committed war crimes and crimes against humanity participants in national liberation movements.”

The authors of the document also “express deep concern about increased frequency of attempts and activities intended to desecrate or demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who fought against Nazism during the Second World War; as well as to unlawfully exhume or remove the remains of such persons.”

The resolution also stresses the General Assembly’s concern about the use by neo-Nazi groups, as well as other groups and individuals espousing ideologies of hatred, of information technologies, the Internet and social media to recruit new members, especially targeting children and young people, and to disseminate and to amplify their hate-filled messages.”

At the same time, the document recognizes that “the Internet can also be used to counteract these groups and their activities.”

The General Assembly recommends states “to take appropriate concrete measures, including legislative and educational ones, in accordance with international human rights obligations, in order to prevent revisionism in respect of the Second World War and the denial of the crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Second World War.”.

Source: TASS / RedGlobe