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International Jurists Demand League Establish Permanent Commission on Minorities

The establishment of a permanent minorities commission in the League of Nations to guard the various minority racial groups and to probe discriminations against them was demanded of the League of Nations by the jurists of the International Law Association, representing 20 countries, who have been meeting here. Cautioning that the situation of the minorities in Central Europe was inimical to world peace, the jurists voiced criticism of the procedure now in vogue before the League concerning the protests of minorities.

The warning of the danger in the situation of the minorities was given by Dr. Paul de Auer, head of the Hungarian delegation, chairman of the Hungarian Peace Society and counsel to the Bank of France. The demands on the League for a minorities commission were contained in the report of a committee, the chairman of which was R. E. L. Vaughan of England. The report was unanimously adopted. The report points out that a permanent minorities commission could insist on the preservation to the various minorities of such fundamental rights as are set forth in the Minorities Protection treaties. It was also suggested that the commission should be empowered to investigate whether there have been any violations of this protection.

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