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Jewish Groups Agree on Proposals for Human Rights Guarantees in Peace Treaties

Agreement on the recommendations to be made to the 21 nations at the Peace Conference on the inclusion of human rights guarantees in the peace treaties with former enemy nations, was reached here today by 50 delegates of eleven leading Jewish organizations.

In addition to dealing with human rights, the Jewish groups’ memorandum will propose a series of amendments to the treaties providing for restoration of all property and civil rights to victims of persecution.

The eleven organizations whose representatives drew up the joint program are: American Jewish Conference, American Jewish Committee, World Jewish Congress, Jewish National Council of Palestine, Board of Deputies of British Jews, Canadian Jewish Congress, Anglo-Jewish Association, Conseil Representatif des Juifs de France, Alliance Israelite Universelle, South African Board of Jewish Deputies and Agudas Israel.

Last night, Herbert Evatt, head of the Australian delegation at the Peace Conference, proposed an “impartial Court of Human Rights” to enforce any human rights provisions written into the peace treaties. He suggested that individuals and groups as well as states be permitted to appeal to the court and that its decisions be enforceable against individuals, groups, local agencies and states.

(In London a Foreign Office spokesman said the British Government had not yet made up its mind whether to support Evatt’s proposal for an international court.)

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