MONTREAL (Dec. 15)
— The Canadian B’nai B’rith has praised the government of Canada for its refusal to overlook the violation of human rights wherever they occur, especially “in light of the recent incidence of anti-Semitism and the rise of neo-Nazi and other racist groups throughout the world.”
The B’nai B’rith praise was contained in a telegram to Louis Rogers, Canada’s Ambassador-at-Large to the conference in Madrid which is reviewing the Helsinki accords on human rights. Rogers, in an address to the conference, reiterated that Canadian public opinion will not close its eyes to human rights problems and it will compel Canada to raise this issue at future meetings should the Soviet Union refuse to respond to this concern.
Rogers referred specifically to, and expressed concern about, the Soviet Union banishment of dissidents, harassment of persons seeking emigration visas and officially inspiring anti-Semitism in the USSR.