New York (May. 17)
The early writing of an International Bill of Rights under the provisions of the United Nations Charter, pledging world-wide promotion of human rights by all states which are members of the United Nations, is urged in a report which the U.N. Commission on Human Rights completed today under the chairmanship of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.
The report will have its final reading at the commission on Monday, and will then become a formal document which will be submitted by Mrs. Roosevelt to the U.N. Economic and Social Council when it convenes on May 25.
The report recommends that even before the International Bill of Rights is written, provisions for human rights be included in the peace treaties with former enemy nations.
The Russian delegate to the commission refused to approve a commission recommendation for the establishment of a United Nations agency to enforce observance of human rights throughout the world. He emphasized that he could not support such a proposal “since it involves important principles,” and because he does not know how far such an enforcement agency would “impinge on the sovereignty of states.”