Program International Human Rights Movement "World Without Nazism"

PREAMBLE

In the condition of crisis of the national statehood and sharp economic deterioration in most countries, the problem of growth of neo-Nazi and radical nationalism has become one of the major challenges of our time.

Hate crimes are recorded with alarming regularity in all regions of the world. Some of them shook the world with their scale and cynicism. Growth of the radical nationalist groups, strengthening of their ideological influence on the voters, and de-marginalization of the radical nationalist groups, expressed in mass ascension of the radicals to power, are the realities of today. Neo-Nazis and radical nationalists offer simple solutions to national social and political issues: from forced assimilation of minorities to transfer of the discontented. Ethnic cleansing became a real policy tool in a number of countries.

Less than a century has passed since the time when these ideas and practices have prevailed in some European countries. Mass repression fell on all those who Nazis regarded as a hindrance to racially pure Europe.

Hitler came to power and, together with his allies, has started the Second World War. Humanity has survived the Holocaust - the physical destruction of the Jews of Europe, the destruction of millions of Russian, French, Ukrainian, English, Americans, Belarusians, Poles, tragedies of Roma, Sinti and other nations. Millions were killed in an armed struggle against Nazism.

After the Victory, the international community has laid anti-Nazi principles in the basis of modern civilization. Today, nationalists and neo-Nazis who are gaining popularity challenge these principles.

The new generation has not experienced that pain and has not received immunity from radical nationalism. The world once again is in danger of being thrown to pre-Nuremberg morality, where discrimination, racism, and man-hating ideology were considered the norm of life and politics.

We, representatives of more than one hundred non-governmental organizations from different regions of the world, have united to counter the new brown danger that, in our view, is again hanging over humanity with the prospect of a world without Nazism and hatred.

OUR MISSION, OUR VALUES AND OUR GOALS

We know that in today's world no country has state ideology of the German Nazism of the 1930-40s. However, the Nazis did not start with the gas chambers and the Holocaust; Nazism started with the book and with the radical nationalist ideas, which became the basis of ideology of a small political party.

Therefore, our mission is to prevent the relapse of Nazism by countering the spread of radical-nationalist ideas and practices, as well as the political influence of neo-Nazi organizations in modern society.

We, the members of the International Human Rights Movement "World Without Nazism", share common values: freedom, democracy, justice and equality.

We reject any form of radical nationalism, any expression of hatred and discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, origin or culture.

Our goals:

  1. World without Nazism, hatred and discrimination.
    Moreover, we consider any infringement of civil rights on the basis of race, religion, gender and origin, a discrimination. We are committed to a free and humane world without crime against humanity, murder, violence, cruelty, abuse and humiliation of human dignity, without those forces that profess hateful ideology.
  2. Preserving the postwar world, preventing the review of the results of the war and the Nuremberg Tribunal that condemned the Nazis and their accomplices and allies, put an end to the issue of the aggressor, about who is to blame for the outbreak of the Second World War, who is the winner and who the loser.
    Result of the Second World War is a victory of good over the forces of absolute evil, regardless of who fought on which side; a new morality, which denies the war as a normal way of resolving conflicts and racism and Nazism as an acceptable ideology; finally, it is the determination by leaders of all civilized countries to never allow another Holocaust. Revision of the war outcomes is a return to the old pre-Nuremberg morality.

OUR REQUIREMENTS

  1. Repeal of laws that perpetuate discrimination against minority groups on the basis of ethnic origin, place of birth, religion, politics, sexual orientation, educational qualifications and gender.
  2. The adoption of laws guaranteeing national minorities in places of their compact residence the right to use their language as an official or regional.
  3. Guarantee national minorities the right to pre-school, primary, secondary and higher education in their native language covered by the state in places of their compact residence.
  4. To take the necessary legal efforts against glorification of Nazism. Conducting denazification in the countries where it has not been done since the Second World War or has been declared faulty after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liquidation of the Soviet political bloc.
  5. Intensification of legal efforts against the neo-Nazi organizations and racist preaching and glorifying Nazism, racial and religious hatred and terror.
  6. Release of political prisoners who fought for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. Termination of political persecution against them.
  7. Intensification of the integration processes in the European and post-Soviet space, as the political integration allows developing common democratic approach to human rights issues.

OUR OBJECTIVES

Based on the foregoing, the immediate objectives of our Movement are:

  • Creation of an international system of "early warning" designed to monitor and prevent the emergence and spread of radical nationalist and neo-Nazi ideas and actions.

    To accomplish this, we are planning to create an international network of correspondents and experts in 10, and in 2014 - in the various countries of the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, the U.S. and the EU by the beginning of the 2013. As a result of their work, the correspondents and experts will issue a monthly report (Monitoring) of the manifestations of neo-Nazism and radical nationalism in the world, as well as the annual report by the IHRM "World Without Nazism" on the same subject. Every year we plan to publish a “White Book of Nazism”, which will highlight the major trends of radical nationalism, neo-Nazism, and the facts of discrimination against minorities in the past year. The first book will be released in April 2013.
  • Protection of the rights of ethnic, religious and cultural minorities; the protection of civil rights of all who oppose discrimination.

    Our Movement’s notices, statements, and letters to local and international organizations, as well as legitimate protests, are all forms of protection. We also intend to use legal mechanisms, up to the European Court of Human Rights, to uphold the interests of minorities and the rights of those who are prosecuted for defending their interests. IHRM "World Without Nazism" intends to establish by January 2013 a network of community liaison offices in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Estonia, where people in these countries who have suffered from discrimination can turn to.
    The cultural and political rights of minorities, which have recently been under the most acute attacks by radical nationalists, will be in the center of attention.

    Online space is an important area of struggle against hatred. We intend to appeal to Internet bloggers and, in 2013, start the program against hate on the Internet. It will include training for journalists and commentators working in the network, but also the preparation of the Charter against hate on the Internet, which will be open for signature to all bloggers who share our goals.
  • Creation of conditions for cooperation and dialogue between different non-governmental organizations, international organizations, parliaments around the world on the topic of radical nationalism and neo-Nazism; giving a new dimension to the world anti-fascist movement.

    Our movement is planning to organize on our own or through offices in different countries conferences, "round tables" and workshops to establish a dialogue with the government, as well as with the various political parties and social movements in order to clarify our position and move forward in the fight against various forms of discrimination. We look forward to this initiative’s support by our partners from different governments, international organizations and NGOs that are ready for such a dialogue.
  • Countering attempts to marginalize the world anti-fascist movement.

    Our opponents are doing everything possible to marginalize the anti-Nazi and anti-racist movement in general, and the "World Without Nazism" in particular. It includes outright lies about the organization that are published on the famous online resources, various "anonymous" letters to our partners, damaging the reputation of our Movement, etc. Throughout, our opponents try to present desirable [by them] as reality. The only weapon against this is openness and transparency of our activities, the widest possible dissemination of information about our work and painstaking advocacy. Among other things, we are going to resort to measures of legal protection against defamation.

    Also in 2013, our movement is going to establish an International anti-Nazi Award, which will be designed to raise the prestige of the anti-Nazi and anti-racist activities. The prize will be awarded in various categories to public officials, politicians, journalists, historians, who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against neo-Nazism, racism and radical nationalism.
  • Support programs for the political integration in Europe, which is a positive alternative to the growth of nationalist sentiment in the European nation-states.

    As an alternative to the political integration there is a danger of the EU disintegration and the ultra-nationalism that threatens to cover some of the most troubled countries. Direct route from the ultra-nationalism to Nazism is obvious; therefore, we are the most ardent supporters of not only economic, but also political European integration, which implies as well the delegation of the political powers to the pan-European center, including the observance of human rights in individual countries.
  • The fight against the glorification of Nazi criminals and their supporters, opposition to revise the results of World War II and the attempt to deny the Holocaust. The fight against falsification of history, which is a tool in the hands of unscrupulous politicians who share the radical nationalist views.

    Glorification of the Nazi war criminals and their accomplices, Holocaust denial and revision of the Second World War and generation of historical myths – all are the main mechanisms for neo-Nazis to divide people along ethnic lines and create myths that are now being used to build mono-national states in multicultural societies.

    Our movement intends to fully counteract this by supporting research, publishing and educational activities, as well as through legally authorized protests during various events glorifying Nazism. In particular, the area of special attention in this regard are such countries as Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine, where collaborators with the Nazi regime who fought in the SS troops against the forces of the coalition are raised to the rank of "freedom fighters".

    The activities of our movement will seek to maximize international awareness of the different kinds of "marches", "gatherings" and other events for Waffen SS veterans and their fans, as well as to lobby for the international political and economic sanctions against the social and political figures involved in these actions.

    Our movement actively supports the adoption by the international organizations of model laws against the glorification of Nazism, Nazi criminals and their accomplices, obliging signatory nations to take action in this direction. We support and are ready to provide expert assistance to regulators in all countries of the world with a mission to prepare and adopt similar national legislation.
  • The implementation of the mandatory programs for the teaching of the history of Second World War and the Holocaust, ideologically relevant to the decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal, in the educational systems of the countries-members of Council of Europe (and, eventually, other states).

    Different interpretations of the events of the Second World War in modern textbooks created in some countries basis for the glorification of Nazism, and, ultimately, for the neo-Nazi sentiment among young people. Uniform requirements for school programs on the history of the Second World War would have been a major factor in the anti-Nazi upbringing of the younger generation. The International Human Rights Movement "World Without Nazism" intends to seek the implementation of such programs in the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • Promotion of journalistic materials, films, works of art and literature that reveal the threat of the revival of Nazism and the need to fight against it.

    Our movement will actively support the publication of literary materials, advise the creators of television and film projects of the anti-Nazi and anti-racist orientation, and publish informational and legal methodological literature to assist activists of anti-Nazi movement. In 2014, we intend to proceed with the publication of "Library of anti-fascist", which will include the above-mentioned publications.

OUR ALLIES

In an effort to address immediate problems and to insist on the fulfillment of their demands, the International Human Rights Movement "World Without Nazism" supports all the social and political movements that share our goals. We are ready to cooperate with such organizations, including the implementation of joint projects, regardless of their place of registration and nationality.

We insist on the fact that the international community must prevent tolerance towards all manifestations of neo-Nazism and radical nationalism, attempts to whitewash the Nazis and their collaborators. There should be no compromise whatsoever with the forces that preach de facto different values than those that formed the basis of the Council of Europe in 1949 and that can be summarized in two words – NEVER AGAIN.

No references to the complex historical destiny of the title nation can justify discriminatory policies of nationalist governments against minorities.

In this regard, we believe in the importance of our movement’s interaction with international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United Nations, the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the CIS, etc.

We are open to positive contact with all the governments and parliaments of the countries that are concerned about neo-Nazism and radical nationalism. We are ready to work with them on any level in order to establish inter-ethnic and inter-religious peace.

Only by combining the efforts of all anti-fascist and democratic forces, we can prevent the recurrence of Nazism in the 21st century!

"Adopted by the Plenary of the General Assembly of the International Human Rights Movement "World without Nazism" on October 10, 2012 in Strasbourg (France)".