Tags: state department | un | document | racism | democracy

Trump Appointee Claims UN Document on Racism 'Goes Too Far'

Trump Appointee Claims UN Document on Racism 'Goes Too Far'

(AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Saturday, 30 June 2018 12:44 PM

A White House appointee to the State Department claimed a standard United Nations document adopted every several years condemning racism as a threat to democracy "goes too far," CNN reported Friday.

Andrew Veprek, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary for refugees and migration, blasted a document called "The Incompatibility between Democracy and Racism." He questioned the validity of having leaders agree they have a "duty" to condemn hate speech while at the same time denouncing words like nationalism and populism.

"'Duty to condemn' goes too far. Our public figures can't be obliged to police every intolerant thought out their [sic] at the risk of being condemned for intolerance themselves," Veprek wrote regarding a section about hate speech, according to documents CNN obtained.

Veprek also criticized the use of the words populism and nationalism "as if these are dirty words," adding, "There are millions of Americans who likely would describe themselves as adhering to these concepts. (Maybe even the President.) So are we looking to here condemn our fellow-citizens, those who pay our salaries?"

Veprek questioned whether leaders would next be expected to address the word xenophobia, or fear of foreigners.

"[W]hat real or perceived offense is next to be considered 'xenophobic?' " he wrote. "How does that square with our historic respect for the right of free expression? The drafters need to focus on behavior and actions – which states can control – rather than attitudes and states of mind."

Veprek apparently crossed out a portion of the document that acknowledged "the linkage and complementarity of the combat against racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia with the long-term construction of a democratic, non-discriminatory and multicultural society, based on the recognition, respect and promotion of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity."

The State Department refused to comment on the claims and it is unclear if Veprek has the authority to change the wording of the documents.

Democrats have questioned Veprek's appointment, maintaining he previously held a relatively low rank. In May, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter along with 11 other senators to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying his appointment was "the equivalent of placing a lieutenant colonel into a one-star general position."

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
A White House appointee to the State Department claimed a standard United Nations document adopted every several years condemning racism as a threat to democracy "goes too far," CNN reported Friday. Andrew Veprek, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary for...
state department, un, document, racism, democracy
370
2018-44-30
Saturday, 30 June 2018 12:44 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved