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About the World without Nazism

International Human Rights Movement World without Nazism

In recent years there was a great growth in the number of ethnic and religious conflicts throughout the world. The number of radical groups is rising and the scope of their activities is expanding. The positions of the radical right, that uses the aggravation of social contradictions against the background of the global economic crisis and the globalization of world economy, as well as the ideological vacuum created by the collapse of communist ideology, are reinforced year after year.

Manifestation of the radical right range from the religious extremist fundamentalism and secular ultra-nationalism to revanchism that aims to review the outcome of World War II.

These social trends merge with the policies of individual countries, aimed at the revision of the twentieth centurys history, the glorification of Nazism and the imposition of equal responsibility for the war on Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that aims to whitewash their own collaborators at that time.

Countries with such a policy provide at least a tacit support for ultra-nationalist forces in Eastern Europe, had increasingly take on characteristics of neo-Nazi groups.

This situation has led to growing concerns about these processes among some politicians and public figures. Recently, in various countries have arisen a number of non-governmental organizations whose goal is to fight against Nazism and its manifestations.

A number of countries struggle against these organizations aimed at discrediting them and weakening their social and political influence. To counter this, since 2008, an idea of unification and a creating a single anti-Nazi front is discussed in anti-fascist circles.

This issue has been the topic of several international conferences that discussed not only the current situation, but also the possible forms of collaboration.

On December 15-17, 2009, there was a public conference in Berlin Lessons of the Second World War and the Holocaust, which was attended by 400 representatives from 25 countries, including the anti-fascist and veterans organizations, youth groups and religious associations.

On March 14-15, 2010 Riga hosted the international conference The Legacy of the Second World War: victims, righteous gentiles, liberators and executioners, which was attended by more than 70 historians from 9 countries (the conference was held on the eve of the infamous march of Latvian legionaries-SS in the heart of Latvian capital C Riga).

On June 20-21 in Kiev there was a conference Lessons of the Second World War and the Holocaust: the role of media in countering the distortion of history of the twentieth century, in which more than 100 journalists from 18 countries discussed the role and place of media in the confrontation with resurgent Nazism.

During these events, members of a number of NGOs C nongovernmental organizations have come to the conclusion that a broad anti-Nazi and anti-fascist movement is a necessity, they also discussed the goals, objectives and forms of collaboration.

Finally, on June 22, at 69th anniversary of the Nazi aggression, Kiev hosted the founding conference of The International Human Rights Movement The World without Nazism, which was attended by 360 delegates from 136 organizations from 28 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Finland, Poland, Baltic States, Israel, Germany, Italy, USA, etc.

The founding conference was attended by representatives of legislative and executive authorities of various countries, prominent politicians and public figures.

The main outcome of the conference was the establishment of the International Human Rights Movement A World Without Nazism (WWN), which has set for itself the following objectives:

  1. Creating the conditions for interaction and dialogue among the various anti-Nazi organizations, giving a new dimension to the world anti-fascist movement, including Russia.
  2. Consolidation of the international community in support of the relevance and enduring value of the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal, which condemned Nazism.
  3. Promotion of denacification in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, where it was not carried out in the postwar years, or was censured after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Soviet bloc.
  4. Countering the glorification of Nazism, Nazi criminals and their accomplices, countering the revision history of the Second World War and the spread of Nazi ideology.
  5. Countering Holocaust denial.
  6. Protecting the rights of ethnic, religious and cultural minorities.

In this regard, the main tasks of the new organization are:

  1. Cooperation with international and European political and judicial structures on combating Nazism.
  2. Promotion and dissemination the anti-Nazism values and intensification of discussion on contemporary issues related to the distortion of history, glorification of Nazi collaborators and collaborators throughout the world.
  3. Monitoring of neo-Nazism C collection and processing of information from the field, getting it
  4. to the general public, as well as giving special reports to international organizations (UN, CoE,  OSCE, etc.)

  5. Initiating the process of political de-Nazification in Eastern Europe.
  6. Introduction to the education system of countries C members of the Council of Europes mandatory standards for teaching the history of World War II and the Holocaust.
  7. An analysis of international practice to combating Nazism and wide dissemination of this experience to other countries worldwide.
  8. Spread of anti-fascist ideology to the newly independent states, discreditation and weakening the political forces in the West that promote the concept of placing equal responsibility for the outbreak of World War II on Nazi Germany and the USSR.
  9. Legally combating radical and neo-Nazi forces in European and international courts, including the filing of claims in the European Court of Human Rights, providing the materials gathered by our movement to the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

One of the immediate tasks of the movement will be to organize an international monitoring of modern Nazis and the facts of discrimination based on nationality, religion, culture and geographic origin , as well as the annual publication of the White Book of Nazism.

International human rights movement, A World Without Nazism fully agrees with the stand of the Council of Europe, the United Nations and other international organizations on the dangers of Nazism and its revival and is willing to cooperate with all governmental and nongovernmental organizations who share this concern.