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United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs.
REVIEW OF THE 35TH SESSION OF THE UNITED
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
APRIL 9, 1979
Printed for the use of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
CLEMENT J. ZABLOCKI, Wisconsin, Chairman
L. H. FOUNTAIN, North Carolina
GERRY E. STUDDS, Massachusetts
ANDY IRELAND, Florida
DONALD J. PEASE, Ohio
DAN MICA, Florida
MICHAEL D. BARNES, Maryland
WILLIAM H. GRAY III, Pennsylvania
TONY P. HALL, Ohio
HOWARD WOLPE, Michigan
DAVID R. BOWEN, Mississippi
FLOYD J. FITHIAN, Indiana
WILLIAM S. BROOMFIELD, Michigan
JOHN H. BUCHANAN, JR., Alabama
ROBERT J. LAGOMARSINO, California
REVIEW OF THE 35TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 1979
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS,
The subcommittee met at 1:05 p.m., in room 2255, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Don Bonker (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. BONKER. The Subcommittee on International Organizations will come to order. This is the first in a series of annual hearings that we will be conducting to review the work on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, as this subcommittee is charged with the responsibility of implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The hearing today has a dual purpose: To review the work of the 35th session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which recently met in Geneva, and to assess the role played by the U.S. delegation to the Commission during its annual session.
We will probably also get into some of the issues and actions of the last session and what has followed since recommendations were made by the Commission at the 34th session. Also, we will be looking into the President's report on reform and restructuring of the U.N. system, which includes several proposals to improve the effectiveness of international human rights machinery.
We are honored to have with us today, as our leadoff witness, a colleague and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who has maintained an active interest in human rights policies. On several occasions he has attended the sessions as congressional representative to the Human Rights Conference and the Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva. I was supposed to be on that trip to Geneva but unfortunately had to cancel, so I am pleased that one of our colleagues managed to attend the session. We are so pleased, John, that you are here today and can share with us some of your perceptions, thoughts, and recommendations, not only about the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, but U.S. participation in the sessions.
STATEMENT OF HON. JOHN H. BUCHANAN, JR., A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF ALABAMA
Mr. BUCHANAN. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Let me begin by expressing my own appreciation to you for holding these hearings and