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Place Problems Committee Recommends Program to Protect Rights of Ethnic Groups

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The inclusion of a seven-point world “bill of rights” in the peace treaties still to be signed for World War II was urged today by the Committee on Peace Problems of the American Jewish Committee which has been meeting at the Hotel Waldorf Astoria since Thursday evening under the chairmanship of Jacob Blaustein, chairman of the executive of the American Jewish Committee.

The “bill of rights” for the conquered countries, the committee recommended, “should have the status of fundamental law in the countries concerned, and it should not be subject to alteration of infringement on any pretext without the consent of the UNO. Its enforcement should be placed under the supervision of the Commission on Human Rights of the Social and Economic Council.”

The “bill of rights” demands, among other things; No discrimination should be tolerated in the right of and to citizenship, including naturalization. The right of ethnic religious, or linguistic groups to maintain schools, cultural and religious institutions, and to use their own languages without discrimination. Full equality of legal statue, administrative treatment, and economic opportunity, without discrimination because of religion, race, color, or sex. The right of any individual who feels aggrieved by a violation of any of the aforementioned rights to appeal to any tribunal or body which may be authorized by the UNO to receive such an appeal.

The Peace Problems Committee, will submit its recommendations to the 39th annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee which will open tomorrow and continue all day Sunday at the Waldorf.

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