Aj Committee Expresses Hope That Senate Will Ratify Genocide Convention

The American Jewish Committee has reiterated its “fervent hope that the Foreign Relations Committee will report out the Genocide Convention with a favorable recommendation, and that the Senate will give its overwhelming consent to ratification.” In a letter to Sen. Frank Church of Idaho, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Genocide Convention, Committee president Philip J. Hoffman asserted that “it is in our country’s national interest to join the large number of states which have already become parties to this fundamental human rights convention.” Mr. Hoffman added that “there are no constitutional or other legal obstacles to our government’s ratification.” President Nixon has recommended ratification, which has failed of implementation for two decades, Mr. Hoffman wrote to Mr. Hart specifically in connection with testimony to be offered at the Subcommittee’s hearings, scheduled for Monday, by Prof. Richard Gardner of Columbia University, representing the Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights and Genocide Treaties, which the AJ Committee is a member. The Committee has recommended ratification since the Foreign Relations Committee hearings in 1950.

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