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Writers Association in Chile Appeals to Russia on Rights for Jews

A resolution calling on the Soviet Government to grant “equal treatment” and “the complete freedom of the human rights” of Jews in the USSR was adopted here by the Writers Association of Chile.

The resolution, which was forwarded in letters to the Soviet Government and to the Union of Soviet Writers, was approved unanimously by the Chilean writers group after Enrique Bello, general secretary of the organization and an active member of the Communist Party, refused to sign it and was asked to resign from his post. Two other Communist members of the Association — Francisco Coleane and Guillermo Atiaz — voted in favor of the resolution.

The resolution called on the Soviet Government to recognize Russian Jews as a “cultural minority” with “the complete freedom of their human rights.” It urged that anti-Semitism be checked in the Soviet Union and that Jews there be permitted to maintain their faith “and maintain active ties with their relatives and friends any place in the world.” Noting that despite a trend of increasing “liberalization” in the USSR, discriminations against Jews still persisted, the resolution expressed the hope that the plea for easing the plight of Soviet Jewry “will not go unheard.”

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