Consultative Council of Jewish Groups Makes Recommendations on Human Rights Covenant

The Consultative Council of Jewish Organizations today made public a 96-page document submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, containing a series of proposals on the structure, functions and inter-national machinery to protect human rights. The Commission began meeting at Lake Success late last week to write an International Covenant of Human Rights.

The Consultative Council, which includes the American Jewish Committee, the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Alliance Israelite Universelle, recommended that individuals or groups of individuals as well as governments be permitted to initiate action before international bodies in order to protect human rights. It proposed the establishment of a permanent central commission on human rights, in addition to permanent regional commissions composed of independent persons, not subject to instructions from their governments.

The Council also recommended that members of these commissions be elected for six-year term by the General Assembly of the United Nations or a committee appointed by it, or by the Economic and Social Council or the contracting parties. The procedure before the proposed commissions should be governed as far as possible by the fundamental principles applied to civil law, the Council said.

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