London (Jan. 21)
Establishment of a Commission on Human Rights by the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations Organization was recommended today, without dissent, by the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee of the Uno. The vote was on a proposal made by the preparatory commission which laid the groundwork for the present session of the UNO.
The commission, which was first projected at San Francisco, would assist the Council in promoting human rights, as outlined in the UNO charter. Among its objectives would be protection of minorities, prevention of discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, language or sex, and promotion of an international declaration on civil liberties.
The Agudas Israel organization today presented a memorandum to the UNO pointing out that four of its members, including a member of the Security Council–Egypt–have taken economic action against the Jewish population of Palestine through the anti-Zionist boycott proclaimed by the Arab League. The memorandum asked that an appropriate commission of the UNO take cognizance of the boycott, “since economic aggression can only worsen the already difficult position in the Middle East.”