Lake Success (Dec. 3)
The Egyptian delegation at the United Nations today made two attempts to prevent the proposed International Refugee Organization from cooperating with private Jewish relief organizations working for resettlement of refugees. Both attempts were rejected by the U.N. Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, thus making it possible for Jewish relief groups to work with the I.R.O. in resettling displaced Jews.
A sub-committee of the U.N. Legal Committee today approved the outlawing of genocide by embodying in a resolution the following principles: Genocide is an international crime for which private individuals and public officials can be punished; member states are urged to enact anti-genocide laws; international collaboration is necessary to prevent and repress genocide; the Economic and Social Council is asked to draw up a draft international convention for submission at the next session of the General Assembly.
A Polish recommendation to include anti-racial and anti-religious propaganda in the definition of genocide will be mentioned in the sub-committee report, but not as part of its proposed resolution. The sub-committee will continue its discussion at a meeting late Wednesday evening after which the resolution will be presented to the full Legal Committee for action.