GENEVA (Jun. 23)
The International Labor Organization adopted a resolution on human rights today after a week of heated debate during which the Arab delegates supported by the Soviet bloc and several so-called non-aligned countries tried in vain to force inclusion of anti-Israel amendments. The ILO resolution took note of a human rights proclamation by the recent International Conference on Human Rights in Teheran, Iran, but rejected Arab amendments which would have mentioned an anti-Israel resolution at Teheran which accused Israel of violating human rights in occupied Arab territories. In addition to the Communist bloc, the Arab amendment was supported by Yugoslavia, India, Pakistan, Ghana and Ethiopia. The Arabs also failed to have specific mention of Palestinian Arab refugees included in the ILO paragraph which stated that displaced refugees all over the world are the concern of the international community.
The ILO resolution on human rights denounced discriminatory practices, the denial of freedom of association and all other infringements on human rights. It called on member states to take immediate steps to eliminate injustices and authorized the director-general of the ILO to report at the next conference the steps taken by member states to eliminate violations of human rights.