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US, Palau and Ukraine Fail to Condemn Nazism

by James Tweedie

EU states also abstain on motion aimed at Kiev and the Baltics

THE US and Ukraine were left isolated at the United Nations on Thursday night as they opposed condemning the glorification of nazism.

Only Pacific Ocean archipelago Palau joined Washington and the Kiev regime it supports in voting against the resolution co-authored by 55 states, including Russia, which passed with 131 votes in favour.

There were 48 abstentions in the vote by the UN social, humanitarian and cultural affairs committee, mostly from states in the EU, which also backed the 2014 Kiev coup.

US deputy representative to the economic and social council Stefanie Amadeo claimed the motion was “politicised” and restricted “freedom of expression and association.”

The text expressed “deep concern about the glorification, in any form, of the nazi movement, neonazism and former members of the Waffen SS organisation.”

That includes erecting monuments and memorials and holding public demonstrations celebrating nazism past and present.

Since 2014, Ukraine has seen frequent marches and rallies in honour of World War II nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and the quisling Galician SS divisions — some attended by MPs.

Members of the far-right Svoboda party and the neonazi paramilitary Aidar and Azov battalions occupy senior government, military and police positions.

In the Baltic states, authorities have allowed surviving members of their SS divisions to march in a mockery of military veterans’ parades.The text also condemned “contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

But Ms Amadeo said: “This resolution’s recommendations to limit freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to peaceful assembly contravene the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and must be opposed.”

The resolution also opposed ongoing attempts to “desecrate or demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who fought against nazism during the second world war,” along with Holocaust denial.

In an apparent reference to the Baltic states, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights director Anatoly Viktorov said some countries are “waging a war with monuments of those who fought nazism” and rewriting history to to turn World War II nazi collaborators “into national heroes.”

A statement from resolution co-sponsor Belarus hit out at “the deliberate efforts of individual countries to rewrite history and distort and revise the results of World War II.”


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