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Schifter Replaces Abrams

Richard Schifter, U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights since 1981, has been nominated by President-Reagan to be Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He succeeds Elliott Abrams, who has been named Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.

The 62-year-old Schifter was also Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations Security Council in 1984-85. A Washington lawyer, he has been a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council since 1980. Born in Vienna, Austria, he is a graduate of the College of the City of New York and Yale Law School.