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U.N. Urged to Establish Special Courts to Deal with Violations of Human Rights

June 14, 1949
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A memorandum calling for the establishment of special domestic and international human rights courts to handle complaints concerning violations of human rights, was submitted by the World Jewish Congress today to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

The memorandum suggested the establishment of domestic courts within each of the states which signed the U.N. Convention on Human Rights and a higher court for appeals from lower court decisions. The memorandum also proposed an International Court on Human Rights to hear appeals from decisions of the highest domestic courts, and with authority to invoke the assistance of U.N. organs for implementation whenever necessary. It also asked for the rights of petition and court hearing, as complainant or amicus curiae for individual complainants and for organizations granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.

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