UNITED NATIONS, November 10 (RIA Novosti) - The United Nations has started discussing a Russia-submitted General Assembly draft resolution on the unacceptability of glorifying Nazism, but the measure faces opposition from some countries, a source in the Russian delegation said.
“The position of some countries often discourages us,” the source said, adding that Norway’s representative demanded that any mention of extremist political parties, movements and groups be removed from the text, and that a ban on public speech for extremists be canceled.
The source said Norway cited the so-called “Breivik syndrome.” He said Norway’s representative in the UN blamed Breivik’s criminal actions on the lack of an opportunity for him to express himself.
Norwegian Anders Breivik, 33, confessed to murdering 69 people at a youth summer camp on Utoeya Island and eight others in a bomb attack in Oslo on July 22, 2011. He said he was defending Norway from multiculturalism and immigration. On August 24, 2012, he was found guilty and sentenced to a maximum 21 years in prison.
“Aren’t Norwegians going to apologize to Breivik for an insufficient freedom of speech in their country?” the source in the Russian delegation said.