Last year, only the United States and Ukraine opposed the resolution against the glorification of Nazism. A UN resolution opposing the celebration of Nazism and related ideologies met with significant resistance from the United States and other Western democracies, with 52 countries voting against it on Friday. The draft 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”, presented by the representative of Russia at the UN, was adopted with 105 votes in favour. In addition to the 52 votes against, 15 countries abstained from choosing their side. The resolution expresses deep concern over the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and former members of the Waffen SS, condemning the construction of monuments and the holding of public ceremonies in honor of the Third Reich. Introducing the resolution, the Russian delegate referred to an increase in xenophobia, anti-migrant sentiment, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, among other forms of discrimination, as necessitating it. The United States and several of its allies tried to explain their vote against the measure by claiming that Russia was exploiting Nazi atrocities to justify its military operation in Ukraine, insisting that joining them in condemning the lionization of Nazis would be tantamount to letting them off the hook by weaponizing the Holocaust to serve their nefarious ends. The UK accused Moscow of “promoting lies and distorting history,” even acknowledging that it was using “legitimate human rights concerns raised by neo-Nazi mobilization” to justify its activities in Ukraine. The United States went further, arguing that Russia’s “pretextual use of the fight against neo-Nazism undermines genuine attempts to fight neo-Nazism. And Ukraine claimed that Moscow’s anti-Nazism message had “nothing to do with the real fight against Nazism and neo-Nazism”, which Kyiv stressed it condemned in all its forms. Australia, Japan, Liberia and North Macedonia proposed an amendment to clarify that while they were very anti-Nazi, they were also deeply anti-Russian. Their addition “notes with concern that the Russian Federation has sought to justify its territorial aggression against Ukraine by claiming to eliminate neo-Nazism”, reminding everyone that the “use of neo-Nazism as a pretext to justify territorial aggression seriously undermines the real attempts to fight against neo-Nazism. READ MORE: Ukraine’s army commander poses with swastika bracelet Russia opposed the amendment, accusing the authors of ‘trying to drive a wedge between states’ by tabling it in commission at the last minute. It was adopted with 63 votes for, 23 against and 65 abstentions. Moscow introduced a similar resolution last year, before the start of the military operation in Ukraine, but after the US-backed coup installed a government that allowed neo-Nazi groups like the Azov Battalion and adored Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator whose Organization of Nationalists was responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of Poles and Jews during World War II. The 2021 resolution was only opposed by two states: the United States and Ukraine. Not all news on the site expresses the views of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
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