March 9, 1994

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION CONDEMNS ANTI-SEMITISM

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva has, for the first time, passed a resolution requiring constant monitoring of anti-semitism around the world. The resolution was passed without opposition by the Arab countries. For 40 years, attempts had been made to include condemnation of anti-semitism in UN resolutions. At the World Human Rights Conference in Vienna in 1993, the concluding communiques included a general condemnation of racial discrimination, without mentioning the phenomenon of anti-semitism.

As a result of the current resolution, a specific paragraph devoted to tracking anti-semitic incidents will be included in the report on racism presented annually to the Commission. At the initiative of a number of Jewish non-governmental organizations, another round of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva took place and, with the assistance of several western countries, including Turkey and the United States, the word ‘anti-semitism’ was added to the resolution:

"The Commission requests the special rapporteur to examine according to his mandate incidents of contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, any form of discrimination against Blacks, Arabs and Muslims, xenophobia, anti-semitism, and related intolerance as well as governmental measures to overcome them, and to report on these matters to the Commission at its fifty-first session."