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U.N. Commission Adopts Text of Human Rights Covenant; Ratification by U.S. Predicted

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt predicted today that the United States would ratify the International Covenant on Human Rights which the U.N. Commission on Human Rights unanimously voted later in the day. The document will be sent with implementation proposals to the Economic and Social Council.

It was decided not to take a vote on a Lebanese suggestion that the Economic and Social Council be asked to pass it on in turn to the U.N. General Assembly. Denmark withdrew a resolution which would have postponed final consideration of the draft covonant until 1951.

Mrs. Roosevelt, chairman of the Commission and U.S. representative, told a press conference that the covenant was in complete accord with the American Constitution and therefore she expected the Senate to ratify it. She added, however, that before the United States could ratify, it would have to be satisfied with the text of Article 25, which deals with state laws in conformity with the Covenant.