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First Case of Racial Discrimination Placed Before United Nations; May Serve As Precedent

The first case of racial discrimination–which may serve as a precedent for similar cases–was filed today with the Secretary General of the United Nations.

A protest filed by the representative of India charges racial discrimination is being practiced against Indians in the Union of South Africa. An extended discussion on the principle which the protest involves seems to be unavoidable, it was felt in informed circles, since the complaint is based upon Articles 10 and 40 of the United Nations’ Charter, which authorize the Assembly to make recommendations on any matter within the scope of the Charter and to recommend measures for a peaceful adjustment of situations which might impair the general welfare.

It was recalled that it was the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, Narshal Jan C. Smuts, who stressed most strongly the need for safeguarding of human rights at the San Francisco conference.