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Human Rights Commission to Meet in Gene Va on New Program

The 18-member United Nations Commission on Human Rights will hold its eleventh session from April 5 to May 2 in Geneva, it was announced here today. The main task before the Commission is to plan and establish a new program of work in the field of human rights which can be progressively carried out in the course of the coming years.

Since its first session in 1947 up to last year, the Commission has been mainly engaged in the preparation of an international Bill of Rights. The first part of this bill is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948. The second part–which has not yet been approved by the General Assembly–consists of covenants on such specific rights as lend themselves to binding legal obligations.

The Commission has drafted two such covenants, one on civil and political rights, the other on economic, social and cultural rights. These drafts were completed at the Commission’s last session in April, 1954.

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