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U.N. Body to Discuss Racial Hostility, Protection of Minorities

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After an interval of one year without meeting, the United Nations Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities will convene for its seventh session at UN headquarters here next Tuesday, it was announced here today. The Subcommission is composed of 12 persons who are elected by the Subcommission’s parent body, the Commission on Human Rights.

The forthcoming session is scheduled to last until January 28. The main subjects to be discussed include discrimination in education, employment and other fields, as well as measures to be taken for the protection of minorities. Last year, the Subcommission laid the groundwork for the first global investigation of discriminatory practices in schools and in access to education.

Also last year, the Subcommission entrusted the task of surveying discriminatory practices in employment and occupation to the International Labor Organization, as the body best equipped for this work. In a brief memorandum, the ILO now informs the Subcommission that the study is under preparation and that it will be considered further by the ILO governing body at its May, 1955 session.

Proposals on the procedure to be followed in carrying out another series of studies will also be examined by the Subcommission. Hernan Santa Cruz of Chile will suggest ways for investigating discrimination in the exercise of the political rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Judge Philip Haplern of the United States will indicate means of investigating discrimination in religious rights and practices; and Jose Ingles of the Philippines will outline methods to study discrimination in emigration, immigration and travel.

At the request of the Commission on Human Rights, the experts will also consider again the whole question of protection of minorities, including the definition of the term “minority,” and possibly make recommendations concerning the application of special measures for the protection of minorities.

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