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The Preparation of the Convention

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On 12 December 1960, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 1510 (XV), condemning all manifestations and practices of racial, religious and national hatred in the political, economic, social, educational and cultural spheres of the life of society, as violations of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly, at its seventeenth session, in 1962, allocated the item to its third Committee, where several amendments were proposed to the text. The text of this draft resolution was revised six times, and several delegations suggested new formulations, some sponsoring only a declaration and some favouring an instrument dealing with religious as well as racial discrimination. The Assembly also adopted Resolution 1906 (XVIII), requesting the Economic and Social Council to invite the Commission on Human Rights to give absolute priority to the preparation of the draft international convention.

Keywords: draft international convention; Economic and Social Council; human rights; racial discrimination; United Nations



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