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Minorities Losing Faith in League’s Protection

December 19, 1927
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency”)

The League of Nations has adopted the policy of “letting sleeping dogs lie,” but the dogs are not asleep; they might wake at any moment, with dire results to civilization, Sir Willoughby Dickinson, the Chairman of the Minorities Commission of the International League of Nations Union, said, speaking here last night on “The Problem of racial minorities in Europe” at a meeting of the Near and Middle East Association.

“The total number of people who may be included tinder this word minorities,’ he said, ‘amounts to at least thirty millions, and of these very few can be said to be content with their lot. This fact alone constitutes a serious menace to peace.

“It is unfortunate,” he declared, “that the policy of racial absorption has met with the approval of certain members of the League of Nations, and this fact has done a great deal to increase the anxiety of the minorities throughout Europe. The Council of the League has tried to adjust differences behind closed door instead of having important questions of law settled by the principles of justice and the results have been unfortunate. Hundreds of complaints sent into Geneva have never seen the light and most of the minorities consider it hopeless to apply to the League for redress.”

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