HC Deb 11 June 1958 vol 589 c19W
Mr. Benn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how the United Kingdom delegate to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in March, 1958, voted on the proposal to appoint a special committee to study during the coming year the methods by which action could be taken under Charter instructions to deal with complaints of violations of human rights; which members voted with the United Kingdom; and which members voted against.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The proposal to which the hon. Member refers was that a committee should be appointed to study the procedure for handling communications concerning human rights. The United Kingdom representative voted against the proposal, together with the representatives of France, India, Iran, Poland, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. There were nine votes in favour of the proposal (Argentine, Belgium, China, Israel, Italy, the Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines and the United States of America). The representative of Ceylon abstained and the representative of Iraq was absent.