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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Genocide Convention

Former Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Human Rights and Genocide Treaties, today applauded the unanimous action by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in approving the 22-year-old Genocide Convention, which has been in force since 1953 and ratified by 75 UN member states.

Goldberg expressed confidence that the Senate leadership would bring the Convention before the Senate for a vote early in this session. He pointed to the fact that the Foreign Relations Committee had acted so promptly in reporting out the treaty and also noted that a bi-partisan letter, initiated by Senators Frank Church, William Proxmire, Jacob Javits and Hugh Scott, had been signed by 53 Senators. This, he said, demonstrated strong support from both political parties for consideration and approval of this measure by the Senate.

With Goldberg on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Human Rights and Genocide Treaties are representatives of 52 civic, labor, human rights and religious organizations of all faiths and denominations.