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The Preamble

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The Preamble of the Convention, as adopted by the General Assembly reads: Considering that all human beings are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law against any discrimination and against any incitement to discrimination, Convinced that any doctrine of superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous,Convinced that the existence of racial barriers is repugnant to the ideals of any human society. Another discussion centred on the question of substituting the word "Nazism" for the suggested term "national socialism". The Preamble of the Convention is a lengthy description of the aims of the instrument, and should be useful for interpreting the operative articles. Being the outcome of so many discussions in different United Nations bodies, it lacks complete unity. It is, of course, no source of obligations for the Parties.

Keywords: incitement; nazism; Preamble

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