Women’s League for Conservative Judaism affirms the convictions that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affords a vision and hope for a better World, in which people can live in peace, guided by the concepts of justice, and freedom and concern for the worth and dignity of every person.
Therefore, we call upon the United Nations, through all of its channels and agencies, to intensify its responsibility in the area of human rights, particularly through strengthening the role of the Human Rights Commission.
The Genocide Convention, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and two related International Covenants, having been ratified by the requisite number of nations, are already in effect. United States ratification would make it possible for our representatives in the United Nations to press for more effective enforcement.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, in pursuance of the cause of human rights, urges the United States Senate to ratify the Genocide Convention and also to open discussion on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and The Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural rights, so that the Senate can rectify these with proper safeguards.
We welcome and endorse the action of the Sub-Commission On Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities of the UN Commission On Human Rights, calling on all nations to cooperate in a world-wide fact-gathering project of anti-Semitism and other forms of group hatred. The information thus obtained will lead to an evaluation of proposals in the UN Sub-Committee for the prevention and handling of such behavior.
“One that judgeth and seeketh justice and is ready in righteousness.” – Isaiah 16:5
It is the aim of liberty-loving peoples throughout the world to achieve human rights for all mankind. Our own Declaration of Independence as well as our Bill of Rights are model documents which embody the ideals to which all men strive for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, regardless of race, creed or color.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 and incorporates these ideals.
We call upon our government to take the necessary and long overdue action of subscribing to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Convention.
National Women’s League calls upon its affiliated Sisterhoods in 1959 to observe the 10th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by sponsoring special programs within their respective groups and in cooperation with other like-minded organizations to promote greater understanding in the general community of this important milestone toward the achievement of the goal of equality of opportunity for all groups.