UN Human Rights Council 50: UK Statement on Contemporary Forms of Racism

Thanks,

The United Kingdom thanks the Special Rapporteur for her report on combating the glorification of Nazism.

Let’s be clear: neo-Nazism has no place in any of our societies.

That is why in 2025 we will open a Holocaust memorial and learning center to remind us why we must be relentless in the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion, anti-Semitism and their sister ideology. repellent – neo-Nazism.

We share the Special Rapporteur’s concern that Russia has sought to justify its military invasion of Ukraine with outlandish claims that Ukraine is controlled by neo-Nazis.

The Kremlin’s false statements dishonor those who fought to defeat Nazism in Europe.

They cause real pain to victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Putin is trying to distract us and the Russian people with misinformation because he knows as well as we do that none of his excuses for invading Ukraine hold water.

The simple truth is that Putin is responsible for the needless deaths of thousands of men, women and children.

Special Rapporteur,

Instead of spreading lies about Ukraine, what should the Russian government do to combat racism, xenophobia and related intolerance in Russia itself?

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