Soviet Attacks U.N. Report Advocating Free Emigration; Assails Jews
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Soviet Attacks U.N. Report Advocating Free Emigration; Assails Jews

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A United Nations report affirming the right of every person to leave any country was severely attacked today by the representative of the Soviet Union at the session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities where the report is being discussed. The report was based on information from 90 countries.

Submitted to the session by Jose D, Ingles, Philippine delegate and special rapporteur, the UN report said that every national of a country is entitled to leave his country temporarily or permanently. It also recommended that nationals wishing to leave a country permanently should be entitled to sell their property and to take the proceeds, as well as personal effects with them.

In objecting to these recommendations, Soviet delegate Boris Ivanov assailed the report as containing “inaccurate information coming from Jewish sources,” Jewish organizations have submitted data for the report, and suggested that those Jews in the Soviet Union who wish to leave the country should be permitted to do so.

The Soviet delegate asserted that “it is well Known” that the Jewish organizations which submitted information for the UN study have “specific political interests. ” He claimed that because of the information used from Jewish sources, the report “lacks objectivity” and “brings in elements of the cold war.”

Mr. Ivanov argued at the session that to give the right to people to leave their country without limitations would create mass-emigration from some countries. “This is a thing which has to be prevented,” he declared.

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