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  • Yugoslavs Expel 15 Women Who Accused Soviets of Breaching Helsinki Accord

    The Yugoslav government today expelled 15 Jewish women who came to Belgrade from 13 Western countries to demonstrate for the rights of Soviet Jews at the opening there of the 35-nation Preparatory Conference on compliance with the provisions of the 1974 Helsinki agreement. According to reports from Belgrade this morning, four of the women were… More ▸

  • Amnesty International Urges Helsinki Signatories to Uphold Human Rights

    Amnesty International today said that it has appealed to every signatory state of the Helsinki Final Act to work for full implementation of the document’s pledges on the rights of conscience. In a letter to heads of states participating in the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Thomas Hammorberg, the Swedish chairman of Amnesty… More ▸

  • Law Professor Says USSR Circumventing Helsinki Accords

    The imprisonment of Soviet-Jewish activist Anatoly Sharansky, on charges of treason, epitomizes the whole issue of Soviet Jewry, including the legalistic questions involved in the Helsinki accords, Prof. Howard Greenberger of the New York University Law School said at a press briefing today at the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry offices. According to… More ▸

  • Church: USSR Must Be Held to the Helsinki Agreement

    Sen. Frank Church (D. Idaho) said here that the Soviet Union must be held to the Helsinki agreement which provides for the free movement of people and the right of all people to emigrate. Speaking to more than 800 delegates at the first Baltimore Conference on Soviet Jewry last week, Church emphasized the importance of… More ▸

  • USSR Using Helsinki Accords As Excuse to Withhold Emigration Visas

    The Soviet government in recent months has refused visas to emigrate to Israel on the grounds that applicants would be leaving close relatives (i.e. parents) in the USSR. The National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) has learned that applicants from Moscow, Vilnius, Leningrad, Kishinev and other cities have been refused visas because the e Helsinki… More ▸

  • U.S. Commission to Assess Soviet Compliance with Helsinki Accord

    The U.S. commission established to monitor the Helsinki agreement plans to interview Soviet emigres to Vienna, Rome and Tel Aviv as a way of assessing the Soviet compliance with its human rights provisions, an official of the agency said today. Spencer Oliver, staff director of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a joint… More ▸

  • Refuseniks Cite Evidence of Soviet Violations of Helsinki Accord

    Twenty-nine “refuseniks,” denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union because they possessed “classified information,” have appealed to the United States to seek an international ruling on what constitutes “government secrets.” The petition, bearing their names and addresses, was directed to the U.S. Commission which monitors the Helsinki Agreement. It was made public today by… More ▸

  • U.s Officials in Europe to Monitor, Evaluate Helsinki Accord

    Despite the refusal of the Soviet Union and its five Eastern European allies to provide visas, nine members of the 15- member U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe left Friday for Brussels on its first attempt to monitor and evaluate the 1975 Helsinki agreement that includes provisions bearing on Soviet emigration policy. The… More ▸

  • GOP Draft Platform Calls on USSR to Implement UN, Helsinki Measures

    The Republican Party’s platform drafted by a committee of 108 delegates calls on the Soviet Union to "implement" the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and the 1975 Helsinki Agreement that "guarantee" emigration rights and the termination of "all forms of harassment" of those wishing to emigrate. The UN and Helsinki agreements, the draft states,… More ▸