October 9-11, 2012, in Strasbourg, there had been a meeting of the First General Assembly of the International Human Rights Movement "World without Nazism". Participating in the Assembly were 153 delegates from 24 countries, as well as invited guests. In the address of such a broad international forum, their greetings have sent the Presidents of France (Francois Hollande), Russia (Vladimir Putin), Ukraine (Viktor Yanukovich), Members of European Parliament and national parliaments from various countries.
At the Assembly, a true unification of people of various different faiths and from various countries took place, people willing to live in the world with no wars and conflicts. A sharp discussion of problems of neo-Nazism and the radical right in Europe took place, as well as the presentation of the programme "Monitoring of the radical right and neo-Nazi sentiments in the world: the formation of a pan-European anti-Nazi platform", and the adoption of the programme of the International Human Rights Movement "World Without Nazism". Also took place the election of the head of the movement and the other governing bodies. Delegates unanimously voted for a Russian senator, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Judicial and Legal Affairs, Civil Society Development Boris Spiegel as the president.
Speaking to delegates with an analytical report "Neo-Nazi threat in the modern world", Boris Spiegel summed up the two years of the organisation's activities and outlined the concept of ideological platform: "The creation of our Movement is an absolutely objective response of all those who do not want the return of the tragic events of 30s-40s of the last century. Nazism did not begin with gas chambers; Nazism started with the innocent "pranks" of nationalists, with Nazi torchlight processions, with the infamous Nuremberg laws, the result of which is also the emergence of the nationalistic institute of "non-citizens".
Therefore, our mission is prevention of recurrence of Nazism by countering the spread of radical-nationalist ideas and practices, and the political influence of neo-Nazi organisations in the modern world.
We, members of the International Human Rights Movement "World without Nazism" are united by common values: freedom, democracy, justice and equality. We reject any form of aggressive nationalism, any expression of hatred and discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, origin or culture."
The last two years of organisation's life were not easy in terms of the fight against neo-Nazism. The experts noted that the increased activity of nationalist organizations has recently accelerated. Furthermore, in Europe, there are almost no countries where the nationalist parties are not represented in parliaments, and in some cases, in the executive governments
Head of the organisation highlighted the political and economic conditions, which led to a resurgence of neo-Nazism in Europe and the former Soviet Union. In his words, the failure of multiculturalism policies and the deepening economic crisis were the main reasons for this. He also pointed out other factors that complicate the situation in the European region. The "war" with the monuments to Soviet soldiers who liberated Europe from Nazism in Georgia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Moldova, marches of veterans of Hitler's army and the armies of his allies, which are conducted with the active participation of sympathetic youth in Latvia, Estonia, Moldova and Bulgaria ("Lukov march"). Also mentioned, was the institute of "Non-citizens" in Latvia and Estonia, disgracing, according to B.Spiegel, Europe, and violating the rights of national minorities.
"In some countries there are racial problems when the representatives of non-titular nation and even representatives of individual clans lack not only the political influence, but also basic social guarantees", Spiegel pointed out. During the General Assembly, delegates have formed a plan of activities for 2013. Among measures directed on reaching the set goals – creation of a "White Book of Nazism 2013", which will collect the result of the annual monitoring, which will reflect the major events in the world, associated with the manifestations of neo-Nazism and aggressive nationalism.
The main focus in 2013 will be given to measures of countering the falsification of history, glorification of Nazism and the dissemination of Nazi and racist ideology. Special attention will be paid to the work with international organisations - the Council of Europe and the OSCE.
In the process of the Assembly, priorities for the organisation were developed:
- Creation of an international "early warning" system - monitoring and preventing the emergence and spread of radical nationalist and neo-Nazi ideas and actions.
- Protection of the rights of ethnic, religious and cultural minorities, protection of civil rights of all who are against discrimination.
- Supporting the programmes of political integration of Europe, which is a positive alternative to the growth of nationalist sentiment in the European nation states.
- The fight against the glorification of Nazi criminals and their accomplices, resistance to the revision of the results of World War II and the attempts to deny the Holocaust. Combating the falsification of history, which is a tool in the hands of unscrupulous politicians that share the radical nationalist views.
Delegates have decided to jointly develop a common document — Global Anti-Nazi Charter, which would formulate general requirements of all who want to live in a world without Nazism and hatred. Charter should not be limited to any place or time. This document shall be open for signature for all who cherish anti-Nazi values, who values peace on earth, who is in position to combat hate crimes, who do not accept any forms of racism and discrimination.
Note that the International Human Rights Movement "World without Nazism" was established June 22, 2010 in Kiev.