ADL to Uncommitted U.N. Ambassadors: Support Holocaust Denial Resolution
Update: The resolution on Holocaust denial was approved by the U.N. General Assembly on January 26, 2007. More
New York, NY, January 23, 2007 … On the eve of the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on Ambassadors to the United Nations from countries who had not yet committed to support a resolution condemning Holocaust denial, to add their countries' voices to this effort.
In a letter to the Ambassadors, Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said:
We respectfully urge your country to co-sponsor and support the Resolution on Holocaust Denial that is to be voted on in the General Assembly this Friday.
The resolution is clear in its condemnation of any denial of the Holocaust and is a crucial complement to UNGA Resolution 60/7 on Holocaust Remembrance to which your country was a co-sponsor.
It is a sad reality that the denial of the Holocaust is becoming increasingly common. Just last month, Iran held an international conference questioning the Holocaust which brought together some of the world's leading anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. The United Nations itself is not immune from this poison. The Iranian ambassador to the Human Rights Council sent a letter on January 8 to the council president defending the Holocaust denial conference.
We urge you to support this important declaration by the international community reinforcing that it will never forget the Holocaust and rejecting those who seek to deny it. Furthermore, such a declaration is critical to ensuring that the world does not ignore current and future acts of genocide.
The letters were sent to the following countries: China, Egypt, Jordan, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Brazil and Japan.
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