U.N. Member States Urged to Eliminate All Discrimination from Their Schools

The United Nations this week-end took the first decisive step to combat prejudice when its Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and for Protection of Minorities adopted a resolution calling upon U.N. member states to take all necessary measures to eliminate every form of discrimination from their schools.

The decision was taken by a 10-2 vote, with Soviet Russia and Poland opposing the measure as unnecessary in view of the U.N. Charter guarantes against discrimination. The resolution must be approved by the Human Rights Commission and the Economic and Social Council.

The resolution calls for the use of education to abolish all forms of social discrimination and all prejudices leading to the commission of unlawful acts of discrimination. It further invites the UNESCO to join in this campaign by giving financial priority to a program for the improvement of textbooks, the conducting of educational seminars and the publication and distribution of information–all to combat the forces of projudice and discrimination. The resolution also “urgently” asks the UNESCO to complete current studies on the race question.

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