Proskauer Lauds U.S. Role in Decision to Establish Commission on Human Rights

Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, president of the American Jewish Committee and one of the consultants to the American delegation here, emphasized in a nation-wide radio broadcast that the Commission on Human Rights which will be established by the United Nations is one of the finest achievements of the UNCIO. The broadcast was arranged by the State Department.

Praising Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius and his colleagues of the U.S. delegation for their handling of the propositions of the four sponsoring powers with regard to the demand for the establishment of a Commission on Human Rights, Judge Proskauer said that it still remains for this commission to write an international bill of rights and devise machinery for its implementation. “But a great start has been made, ” he declared.

Emphasizing that the demand of the “Big Four” for the creation of a Commission on Human Rights by the UNCIO constitutes a fundamental change in the whole concept of international law. Judge Proskauer stated: “Hitlerism has demonstrated that bigotry and persecution by a barbarous nation necessarily throws peace-loving nations into the holocaust of war. It has demonstrated it is a matter of international concern to stamp out any infractions of basic, fundamental human rights.”

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