Lake Success (Jun. 13)
United Nations members appear to be ignoring Secretary-General Lie’s request for information on any action they may have taken in response to the British appeal for cooperation against “illegal” immigration into Palestine.
In a press conference held today by Lie and his staff it was revealed that no more than six or seven nations had replied to date. Of these none made the slightest reference to the matter of action, confining themselves to formal acknowledgments of the communication. Other replies may still come in.
Lie refused to comment on the critical statement issued by the Jewish Agency, but revealed that acknowledgment of it was made to Dr. Abba Hillel Silver on June 7, stating that the Agency statement had been forwarded to the chairman of the Palestine Commission.
In the Committee on an International Bill of Rights, Soviet Professor Vladimir Koretsky today urged that priority be given the problem of discrimination of all kinds–racial, sex, religious–as the most fundamental of all the rights in modern times. He indicated that the Soviet Government was formalating this doctrine concretely for future presentation.
It became clear during yesterday’s meeting that, before attempting to draft the Bill of Rights, a decision must be taken as to whether the bill should be a manifesto, that is a declaration of principles, or a more binding covenant that national legislatures might agree to support. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt said it has been the intention of the U.S. Government that the bill should be in the nature of a broad declaration of rights followed by conventions on particular subjects.