Members of the United Nations voted on a resolution Nov. 17 to condemn the glorification of Nazism. The United States was one of only three nations that voted against the bill.
According to The Associated Press, the resolution voted on in the U.N. Human Rights Committee was titled “Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” The United States’ opposition was based on the principles of free speech, and concerns that the measure would be used by Russia to fuel its political attacks.
“We condemn without reservation all forms of religious and ethnic intolerance or hatred at home and around the world,” said Stefanie Amadeo, Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council. “However, due to this resolution’s overly narrow scope and politicized nature, and because it calls for unacceptable limits on the fundamental freedom of expression, the United States cannot support it.”
Palau and the Ukraine were the other two votes against the bill, which passed with 131 votes in favor. In all, 48 nations abstained from the vote -- mainly European Union countries, notes The Jerusalem Post.
“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,” Amadeo added, reports the AP.
The resolution, co-authored by Russia, had been brought to a previous vote in 2014 and 2015. It passed both times, but was vetoed by the United States, notes The Jerusalem Post.
In 2014, Terri Robl, who was the U.S. Deputy Representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, said: “We believe Russia’s efforts at the General Assembly, via this resolution, are aimed at its opponents, rather than at promoting or protecting human rights.”