Washington (Apr. 15)
Support for an international bill of rights was voiced yesterday in a memorandum on post-war policies issued here by the Archbishops and Bishops of the administrative board of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. The section urging a bill of rights said in part.
“In all history, and particularly in modern history, dangers to world peace have come from the unjust treatment of minorities, the denial of civil and religious liberties and other infringements on the inborn rights of men. To remove these dangers, the nations should adopt an International Bill of Rights, in which men and groups everywhere would be guaranteed the full enjoyment of their human rights.
“That this is definitely a matter of international concern is evident in the problem now confrenting the intergovernmental committee in regard to displaced persons. If they are reluctant to return to their homelands, it is largely because they cannot look forward to the enjoyment of fundamental human rights under the new tyrannies in control.
“Active participation in the international organization ought to be conditioned on the acceptance of this Bill of Rights. Will a nation which does not make its own citizens secure in the enjoyment of their human rights work honestly and sincerely for the maintenance of world peace and mutual cooperation in the international community?”