U. N. Body Hears Jewish Request for Action on Religious Discrimination

Gustav Warburg, B’nai B’rith director in Geneva, speaking at the current session here of the Human Rights Commission, expressed the hope today that the United Nations General Assembly would adopt the same system of implementation against religious discrimination as it has accepted for the Convention against racial discrimination.

He spoke not only in the name of the Coordinating Board of Jewish Organizations, his organization, but also for several other Jewish groups. These include the World Jewish Congress, the Consultative Council of Jewish Organizations, the International Council of Jewish Women and Agudath Israel.

He placed special stress on the right of individuals to complain to an international body against violations of their rights. He cited practical examples from the experience of the Council of Europe on how such a procedure had worked for 14 years for the benefit of individuals deprived of rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Commission completed its deliberations on the religious Convention. However, time was not available to deal with the articles on implementation of the Convention. That issue will go directly to the General Assembly.

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