Geneva (Jun. 17)
Ambassador Francis L. Kellogg, special assistant for refugee and migration affairs to the United States Secretary of State, asserted that the U.S. will continue to speak and act for swift and complete restitution of the rights of Soviet Jews and other Soviet minorities, including the right of emigration. Speaking at a conference on resettlement aid to Jews around the world sponsored by the United Hias Service, Kellogg agreed that the treatment of Soviet Jews violated international agreements. Gaynor Jacobson, executive vice-president of United Hias, pointed out that under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” John Thomas, director of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration, said that the 20-year-old organization had resettled more than 1.8 million persons, half of them refugees, with the aid of the U.S. Refugee Program, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, voluntary agencies and various governments.