The United States on Thursday firmly stood in favour of free Nazi propaganda and opposed a United Nations resolution condemning glorification of Nazism on grounds that the UN move would restrict freedom of free speech. The American stand, which shocked many nations, came less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s victory in the US election.
The resolution titled “Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” was, however, approved by the U.N.’s human rights committee with only three countries including USA, Ukraine and Palau opposing it. As many as 131 countries voted in favour while 48 abstained, reports AP.
“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,” said Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council Stefanie Amadeo.
“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 said.
Trump had received unrestrained support during his election campaign from Neo-Nazi and far-right groups active in the US who champion supremacy of white men over others. Even the Ku Klux Klan had openly asked people to vote for Trump in its official mouthpiece. In Europe, too, White supremacist and Neo-Nazi groups have unequivocally welcomed Trump’s victory.