Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John F. Sammis today underlined that the best antidote to offensive speech is not bans and punishments but a combination of three key elements: robust legal protections against discrimination and hate crimes, proactive government outreach to racial and religious groups, and the vigorous defense of freedom of expression.
In his explanation of Vote on the 3rd Committee Resolution “Global efforts for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action,” Mr. Sammis stressed the United States is profoundly committed to combating racism and racial discrimination.
“We remain fully and firmly committed to upholding the human rights of all individuals. This commitment is rooted in some of the saddest chapters of our history and reflected in the most cherished values of our union.” -Mr. Sammis
He said the United States will continue to work in partnership with all nations of goodwill to uphold human rights and combat racism, bigotry, and racial discrimination in all forms and all places.
He highlighted that the United Nations must continue to address the issues of race and racism, and the United States will work with all people and nations to build enduring political will and to find concrete ways to combat racism and racial discrimination wherever they occur.
“We remain deeply concerned about speech that advocates national, racial, or religious hatred, particularly when it constitutes incitement to violence, discrimination, or hostility.” -Mr. Sammis
Mr. Sammis stressed that the United States is deeply committed to engaging in an ongoing, thoughtful dialogue that can result in vigorous action to effectively combat racism.