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ville, Va., and vice chairman, section of international law, American
trustee, Freedom House, New York, N.Y., accompanied by Leonard
Schlafly, Phyllis, Alton, Ill.
ciation for the Advancement of Colored People, Washington,
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Prepared statement of Hon. George Miller.
and International Human Rights; from the University of Pennsyl
vania Law Review, April 1968
Biographical sketch of Prof. J. Philip Anderegg-
the Human Rights Covenants; from the Minnesota Law Review,
1979, in reference to the status of treaties in Soviet law----Letter from J. Philip Anderegg to Senator Church, in reference to
article 7(c) of the International Covenant on Economie, Social, and
to what they have done in the past year.-
ture by Any Member of U.N. or Party to ICJ. Prepared statement of Sidney Liskofsky-Prepared statement of Dr. John R. Houck
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Committee on National Legislation, Washington, D.C.-
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Commission for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cul
tural Organization.Letter to Senator Church from the International Union, United Auto
mobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
UAW, dated November 29, 1979.
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dassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, New York,
of University Women; Dr. Wes Schwemmer Cady, Association In-
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Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.-
Methodist Church, Washington, D.C..
and president, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United
States and Canada.-
Affairs, Church Women United, New York, NY
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Under_Optional Protocol to Civil and Political Rights Covenant-
Nations, New York, N. Y
General Assembly, 34th session, item 84(b) of the provisional
agenda--Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination From the United
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visional agenda Rights or Wrongs—Editorial commentary from Barron's, October 17,
York Times, November 24, 1979---
Service, as requested by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee--
mission on Security and Cooperation in Europe's November 1979
report on U.S. compliance with the Helsinki Final Act.
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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1979
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:33 a.m., in room 4221, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Claiborne Pell, presiding.
Present: Senators Pell, Javits, and Helms.
Senator Pell. The Committee on Foreign Relations will come to order.
As the witnesses know, the hearing is scheduled for 9:30, I think perhaps inappropriately. But, as long as it is scheduled for that time and everyone was duly notified, we will begin.
Is the Honorable Arthur Goldberg here?
Senator PELL. Are Ms. Patricia Derian or the Honorable Robert Owen of the State Department here?
Senator PELL. Wonderful. My dear, old friend is here and I am delighted. We will begin with Ambassador Yost in this case. Would you please come forward, Mr. Yost, while I deliver my opening statement.
The first step toward safeguarding the human rights of all peoples was taken nearly 31 years ago on December 10, 1948. For, on that day, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a passionate speech before the General Assembly in support of the Declaration. She said:
We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind, that is, the approval by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recommended by the entire committee. This Declaration may well become the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man, by the French people in 1789, the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the United States, and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in different countries.
The International Human Rights Covenants before us today represent the culmination of the commitments we assumed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
But, indeed, the American commitment goes back to the very creation of our Government. We have always believed in human rights and have followed this principle through the years. From the beginning, our Republic was to be a safe harbor for liberty. Government was to be by consent of the governed, with its powers divided among separate branches, and with certain individual rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion, decreed to be inviolate. Most Americans felt, along with Thomas Jefferson, that their "great experiment in republican government” would serve as a "standing monument and example for the aim and imitation of the people of other countries."
Of course, if we are to set such an example, we must practice what we preach. We must keep striving to end discrimination and attain basic human rights for minority groups and oppressed peoples.
Speaking personally, in 1956, I was in charge of the International Rescue Committee's Hungarian Relief operation, and I learned first hand about the human rights violations in that nation. I also grew up in an age when barbaric acts of inhumanity were perpetrated without the slightest regard for human life.
Indeed, the Holocaust still stands out as the most massive and savage destruction of people in the history of mankind.
In this connection, my own father, Herbert C. Pell, Jr., was the head of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations War Crimes Commission in 1943, and was responsible for having genocide declared a war crime. Although, I regret to say, we will not be considering the Genocide Convention during these hearings, let us bear in mind that this treaty stands as the first universal declaration that genocide would never again be tolerated by the
community of mankind. The International Human Rights Treaties before us today represent the first opportunity to give the full force of international law to the principles of human rights. In the world at large, the sad fact is that free government is the exception and repression the rule. But the United States must still persevere in securing the rights of the downtrodden and repressed. Questions surely abound concerning the appropriate method for achieving these lofty goals. These hearings serve as the first step toward a comprehensive review of the options available to us. At the very least, the human rights treaties before us today codify language that everyone should be able to support.
As cochairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, I am concerned that a year from now, when the Second Review Conference is held in Madrid in compliance with the 1975 Helsinki accord, we will be in a poor position to demand full compliance with the Helsinki accords' provisions on the part of the Soviet Union and its allies, if we ourselves have not ratified the foremost human rights conventions in the world. Senator Javits, do you have an opening statement?
Senator Javits. Mr. Chairman, I see Ambassador Yost is at the witness table, and not Mr. Goldberg.
Senator Pell. We are trying to begin on time today, and Ambassador Yost was present.