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B’nai B’rith Report Assails UN Agencies for Human Rights Lag

A study on human rights released by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has sharply criticized agencies of the United Nations for failing to implement human rights decisions or to assure compliance with them.

The paper, written by Dr. William Korey, director of the B’nai B’rith United Nations office, singled out the UN-sponsored International Conference on Human Rights held at Teheran, Iran, last April-May for Its failure to deal with implementation.

His study contrasted “the snail-like progress” of the UN in the implementation field with the “models of compliance” set by the International Labor Organization and the Council of Europe. Both models, he said, provide for the right of individual petition, while the UN simply “pigeon-holes” complaints of violations of human rights. Dr. Korey said that a rare exception was the public airing in the UN Commission on Human Rights of the anti-Semitic book, “Judaism Without Embellishment” by the Ukrainian writer, Trofim Kichko.

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