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UNHRC approves Durban resolution, 10 nations oppose over antisemitism

CM 11/10/2021 2


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The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a pro-Durban resolution on Monday 32-10, after the United Kingdom called for a roll call vote and prevented its anticipated passage by consensus.
“Racism should be tackled in all its forms and, regrettably, for far too long, the UN has downplayed the scourge of antisemitism. This must end,” the British envoy Simon Manley told the 47-member UNHRC as it wrapped up its 48th session in Geneva.
Israel had worked behind the scenes to sway UNHRC members to oppose the resolution, which is approved every two years, and to refuse to allow it to pass by consensus.
But initially, UNHRC nations who only last month had boycotted the UN General Assembly event in New York that had commemorated the 20th anniversary of the contentious World Conference Against Racism, were reluctant to take a similar stand against that document.
On Monday however, the following 10 countries opposed the resolution: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the UK. 
Another five countries — Bulgaria, Japan, Marshall Islands, Republic of Korea and Uruguay— abstained.

 MARCHING IN Cape Town, South Africa, August 21, 2001, ahead of the Durban conference. Thousands from the city’s Muslim community joined in. (credit: MH/FMS/Reuters) MARCHING IN Cape Town, South Africa, August 21, 2001, ahead of the Durban conference. Thousands from the city’s Muslim community joined in. (credit: MH/FMS/Reuters)

Manley said that his country was committed to the goals of the resolution and the Durban conference when it came to combating racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance. “Discrimination of any kind has no place in society, and we will continue to treat all forms of discrimination with equal seriousness,” Manley said.
Great Britain, he explained, was one of the first countries to ratify the International Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and has been active on this matter in the UN.
Britain, however, is opposed to the multiple references to the original 2001 Durban Conference, “given the historic concerns over antisemitism.”
Nor, he said,  can it “accept the references to the Durban Review Conference or the positive language welcoming the recent commemorative event in New York.”
Manley explained that this country had been one of “nearly 40 states who, like us, made the decision not take part” in the New York event.
“We think we all need to ask ourselves, why so many states stayed away and how we can move forward. If we are to be able to forge a consensus in the future then it is clear that we must come together to find a new approach,” Manley said.
“The UK is clear that we will not attend future iterations of the Durban Conference while concerns over antisemitism remain,” Manley concluded as he called for a roll call vote.

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