UN General Assembly approves resolution condemning Holocaust denial |

The resolution was adopted in the presence of a group of people who survived the Nazi genocide, which killed about six million Jews during World War II, about two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population.

The vote took place on the same day, 80 years ago, during the Wannsee Conference, when top Nazi officials discussed and coordinated the genocide of the Jewish people, creating a system of Nazi death camps.

Introducing the resolution, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, who is himself the grandson of Holocaust victims, Gilad Erdan, said the world lives “in an age when fiction is now a fact and the Holocaust is a distant memory.”

«Holocaust denial spread like cancer, it spread under our supervisionHe warned.

Resolution

According to the resolution, this genocide “will forever remain a warning to all people about the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.”

In the text, Member States are concerned about the “increasing prevalence of Holocaust denial or distortion through the use of information and communication technologies”.

It also calls on all Member States “without reservation to reject any denial or distortion of the Holocaust as a historic event, in whole or in part, or any activity to that end”.

Education

The resolution notes countries that “actively participated in the preservation of Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labor camps, Holocaust killings and prisons, as well as similar sites run by Nazi allies, their accomplices or their auxiliaries.” services “.

He also asked Member States to develop programs to educate future generations and called on social media companies to take active measures to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.

UNESCO

At the United Nations, most educational efforts to combat anti-Semitism are made through the Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).



The General Assembly today adopted by consensus a resolution unconditionally condemning any Holocaust denial by Pavlina Kubiak.

The agency’s activities include teacher training, development of guidelines for ministries of education around the world, and activities to combat and prevent modern anti-Semitism, including online.

Last year, the agency and the World Jewish Congress signed an agreement with Facebook to redirect users seeking Holocaust-related or Holocaust denial terms to a joint website that is available in 19 languages.

Following the resolution, the agency promised to “continue to teach history and fight all forms of anti-Semitism, both online and offline.”

Human rights

Also Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights addressed the Italian Senate’s Emergency Commission against Intolerance, Racism, Anti-Semitism and Incitement to Hate and Violence.

In her speech, Michel Bachelet recommended concrete reforms to build policies and narratives that emphasize our common humanity and rights.

She also said that anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim prejudices seem to be growing across Europe, highlighting a poll by the Fundamental Rights Agency that shows that 89% of respondents believe that anti-Semitism has intensified in their country.


Former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in southern Poland.

Former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in southern Poland, Unsplash / Jean Carl Emery

Political profit

According to Ms. Bachelet, political movements that profit from hatred have gained strength in many countries.

“By amplifying the emotions of their supporters through disinformation and disinformation campaigns, they attract media attention and voices, but they also drive deep, violent and deeply destructive wedges into society,” she warned.

The High Commissioner told Italian senators that the impact of this kind of hostility is devastating.

“This exposes them to humiliation, violence, discrimination and isolation, which exacerbates fundamental social and economic inequalities and causes deep resentment,” she explained.

The human rights leader also recalled a quote from Primo Levy, a famous Italian writer and Holocaust survivor who said, “It happened, so it could happen again.”

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