New York (May. 13)
Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, James N. Rosenberg and a number of non-Jewish leaders today appeared before the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights and urged the formulation of an International Bill of Rights of the United Nations.
Judge Proskauer, speaking for the American Jewish Committee, recommended the integration of the proposed International Bill of Rights into the body of international law, with infractions coming under the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. He also urged the adoption of constitutional measures by all nations prohibiting any governmental conduct or action which would tend to impair fundamental rights or freedoms, and suggested that the United Nations issue a declaration stating that it is the duty of every nation to promote effective legal measures for the enforcement of the International Bill of Rights.
Mr. Rosenberg, chairman of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, also urged the importance of an International Bill of Rights to become a basic part of international law and pledged the cooperation of the National Conference of Christians and Jews to aid the work of the Commission on Human Rights. “There is but one answer to the threat of atomic energy,” Mr. Rosenberg said. “This is the human energy of men and women of goodwill throughout the world.”
Others who appeared today before the Commission, which met under the chairmanship of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, included: J. Fred Nolde, for the Federal Council of Churches of Christ and Missionary Organizations; Judge William L. Rensom, for the American Bar Association; Roger Baldwin, for the Civil Liberties Commission; and Rose Schueiderman for organized labor.