World Jewish Congress Calls for Unanimous U.N. Vote Against Racist Bias
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World Jewish Congress Calls for Unanimous U.N. Vote Against Racist Bias

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The United Nations was called upon here today by the World Jewish Congress to adopt a long-pending resolution condemning “all manifestations of racial prejudice and national and religious intolerance. ” The resolution is on the agenda for debate this week before the General Assembly’s Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee.

In a letter to N. C. Kasliwal, of India, chairman of the committee, the WJC called for a unanimous vote by the committee so that the General Assembly could approve the resolution.

The resolution, in somewhat different form, was originally adopted here in 1960 by the Human Rights Commission’s Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, following the 1959-60 swastika epidemic. Later, the draft was adopted by the Human Rights Commissions, and obtained the approval of the Economic and Social Council which, in turn, placed it before the General Assembly.

“The manifestations of racial and religious hatred in various parts of the world in the last months,” stated the WJC letter, “some of which assumed rather violent forms, are testimony to the circumstances that these outbreaks of animosity still call for efforts to deal with them effectively.”

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