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Jewish Congress Proposes New System of Guaranteeing Human Rights

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The World Jewish Congress today suggested to the United Nations Economic and Social Council that it adopt a new approach to the problem of guaranteeing human rights and freedoms by substituting a series of individual international instruments, each limited to the codification of one or two specific rights, rather than one or two all-embracing documents.

Dr. G. M. Reigner, speaking for the WJC, today said that, since an analysis of UN members’ attitudes toward the draft covenants on human rights indicated that there was no hope for adoption of an all-embracing text by an adequate number of powers, the WJC felt that it must urge the substitution of limited covenants. He further suggested that work be begun first on those rights which experience had shown enjoyed a large measure of agreement among the nations of the world.

Interest in Dr. Reigner’s proposal was expressed by the delegates of France and Belgium, and it was later learned that the American delegation was sympathetic.

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