Only three countries have seen fit to vote against a United Nations resolution condemning the widespread glorification of the Nazi movement and of former members of the SS. The Resolution was initiated by Russia as a result of serious concerns over the threatening proliferation of extremist movements, web such as those advocating Nazi ideology.
The Resolution specifically condems the construction of memorials honoring former Nazis, the destruction of WWII war memorials and the holding of public pro-Nazi demonstrations. Israel, Syria Iran joined together, in a rare show of unisance, to vote in favor of the resolution and more than 40 countries were co-authors of the Resolution.
The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution with a total of 130 countries voting in favor of the resolution and 54 countries abstaining. Palau, Canada, and the United States were the only countries voting against it. The USA and Canada both fought against the Nazi regime in WWII.
Palau has not yet made a public comment about their “no” vote.
The United States has stated that “individual freedoms of expression and association should be robustly protected, even when the ideas represented by such expression are offensive or hateful,” Teri Robi, United States Deputy Representative, US Mission to the UN.