UN considers condemning Holocaust denials

25th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2007, New York (dpa) - The UN General Assembly was expected to act this week on a draft resolution by the United States condemning "any denial of the Holocaust," a spokesman said. Washington submitted the one-page draft to the 192-nation assembly to coincide with a UN's day to remember victims of the Holocaust on Saturday. The assembly is scheduled to meet Friday to vote on the draft. The draft would "condemn without any reservation any denial of the Holocaust." It says "all people and states ha

25 January 2007

New York (dpa) - The UN General Assembly was expected to act this week on a draft resolution by the United States condemning "any denial of the Holocaust," a spokesman said.

Washington submitted the one-page draft to the 192-nation assembly to coincide with a UN's day to remember victims of the Holocaust on Saturday. The assembly is scheduled to meet Friday to vote on the draft.

The draft would "condemn without any reservation any denial of the Holocaust."

It says "all people and states have a vital stake in a world free of genocide" and gives support to educational programmes "to confront attempts to deny or minimize the importance of the Holocaust."

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was "keenly interested" in the decision of the assembly on the matter, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Ban had issued a statement warning against new outbreaks of anti- Semitism and those who deny the genocide of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany more than 60 years ago.

He urged the world to remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance as "an essential response to those misguided individuals who claim that the Holocaust never happened, or has been exaggerated."

The UN assembly has set Saturday as the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The first commemoration was held last year, decades after the end of World War II.

"The international day is thus a day on which we must reassert our commitment to human rights," Ban said. "That cause was brutally desecrated at Auschwitz and by genocides and atrocities since."

Auschwitz is among the most infamous death camps operated by Nazi Germany during World War II.

DPA

Subject: German news

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