Lawyers, Including 2 Israelis, Focus on Aerial Piracy and Human Rights Issues

The problems arising from the increasing incidence of aerial piracy and the strengthening of the human rights machinery were the major topics of discussion at the 53rd conference of the International Law Association which convened here today. Several hundred delegates are attending, including two from Israel.

The Brazilian delegate, Haroldo Valladao, proposed the establishment of a working group on aerial piracy, the most recent occurrence of which was the hijacking of an Israeli airliner on July 23 by Arab terrorists who forced it to fly to Algiers. The aircraft and its Israeli passengers and crew are still being held there.

Prof. John D. Humphrey, of the Canadian delegation, proposed the designation of a United Nations high commissioner for human rights to strengthen implementation of existing human rights covenants. Dr. Nathan Lerner, of Israel, suggested broadening of Prof. Humphrey’s proposition to include not only existing covenants but other documents presently under consideration before UN bodies.

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