U. N. Chief Doubtful on Publication of Human Rights Complaints

Secretary General Dag Hamnarskjold declared today he was not certain whether many of the 65, 000 letters of complaint about violations of human rights, received by the United Nations in the last nine years, should be made public.

The Human Rights Commission last week adopted a resolution–of which Israel was a co-sponsor, and for which the United States voted–looking toward ultimate publication of such complaints regarding human rights violations.

Asked whether he favored such publication, Mr. Hammarskjold said he was not too familiar with the move taken by the Human Rights Commission. However, he said, aside from the costs that would be involved in the publication of many of the complaints, he was not certain whether “any useful purpose would be served by such publication. ” “It could be, ” he declared, “that publication of some of that material might not serve the good of the very authors of those letters. We will have to take a very careful look at this matter.”

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