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  • State Department Report Says Soviet Compliance with Helsinki Accords Remains ‘seriously Flawed’

    The compliance by the Soviet Union and Soviet Bloc countries with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords remains “seriously flawed,” State Department spokesman Charles Redman said Wednesday. Redman gave this assessment as the State Department released the 21st Semi-annual Report on the Implementation of the Helsinki Final Act. The report, which covers the… More ▸

  • On Eve of the Helsinki Accords Review Meeting: Soviet Union Indicted for Harsh Treatment of Its Jewi

    A severe indictment of the Soviet Union for harsh treatment of its Jewish citizens, particularly these seeking to emigrate, was lodged here Tuesday on the eve of the East-West follow-up conference on implementation of the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki accords. The conference, attended by delegations from 35 countries and hundreds of observers,… More ▸

  • Shultz to Emphasize USSR Human Rights Violations when He Goes to Vienna for the Helsinki Accords Rev

    Secretary of State George Shultz said Friday that he will “emphasize” the Soviet Union’s violations of human rights when he goes to Vienna Tuesday for the 35-nation conference to review the implementation of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. “Arms control agreements with a regime that violates human rights cannot be truly successful in guaranteeing international security,”… More ▸

  • Sweden Rejects Political Asylum Bid by a Nazi War Criminal

    The Swedish government has rejected a request for political asylum made by Karl Linnas, the former chief of the Nazi concentration camp at Tartu, Estonia, who is facing deportation from the United States, the World Jewish Congress reported here. Representatives of Swedish Jewry had expressed concern recently over reports in the Stockholm press that the… More ▸

  • Swedish Jurist Picked As Third Man on the Taba Panel

    Gunnar Karl Andreas Lagergren, a 74-year-old international jurist from Sweden, will be the third member of the three-man panel to arbitrate the Israeli-Egyptian border dispute over Taba, it was announced here Monday by Pinchas Eliav, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Eliav said Lagergren was the first choice of both the Israeli… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Gorbachev, Helsinki and Soviet Jewry

    Helsinki Accord signatories are already preparing for the next review conference scheduled for Vienna in November. Soviet Jews and their co-religionists in the West are also focusing on the conference, for it will constitute a barometer on how the Kremlin plans to treat the critical issue of Jewish emigration. What can be expected from Kremlin… More ▸

  • After the Israeli-soviet Talks in Helsinki: Israeli Hope for Futher Contacts

    Israeli officials expressed the hope this week that the meeting in Helsinki Monday between Soviet and Israeli representatives was the beginning of further contacts between the two countries. At the same time, Soviet officials insisted that there would be no further talks with Israelis and denounced the Israeli delegation for injecting the issue of Soviet… More ▸

  • After the Helsinki Talks: Israel Seeks Quid Pro Quo from USSR

    Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir made it clear Tuesday night that if the Soviets want to send an official delegation to Israel to deal with consular matters and Soviet assets, Israel must also be allowed to send a delegation to the USSR. He was assessing before a United Jewish Appeal mission in Jerusalem the 90-minute meeting… More ▸

  • Sweden to Issue Wallenberg Stamp

    A postage stamp with the portrait of Raoul Wallenberg will be issued by Sweden next year as part of a series of stamps honoring Swedish nationals who lost their lives while on international humanitarian missions. Wallenberg, a diplomat, is credited with saving the lives of 100,000 Hungarian Jews when he headed a special section of… More ▸