Series SO 212 - Commission on Human Rights

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SO 212


Commission on Human Rights


  • 1956-1974 (Creation)

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38 files.

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Acting in accordance with the responsibility placed upon it by the Charter of the United Nations, the Economic and Social Council created the Commission on Human Rights on 16 February 1946. The work of the Commission was to be directed towards submitting proposals, recommendations and reports regarding any matter of concerning human rights. The Commission initially consisted of nine members appointed in their individual capacity. Among these were Eleanor Roosevelt, who was elected Chairman, René Cassin, Vice-chairman, and K.C. Neogy of India, Rapporteur.

In 1966, ECOSOC invited the Commission to consider as a matter of importance and urgency the question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and to submit to the Council its recommendations on measures to halt these violations. The terms of reference of the Commission were thus widened by ECOSOC resolutions 1235 and 1503, which authorized the Commission to take action, under certain conditions, concerning information relevant to gross violations of human rights, contained in communications listed pursuant to ECOSOC resolution 728 F.

The Commission currently has 54 Member States, with membership distributed among the various political and geographic blocs. The Commission's work consists of standard-setting, promotional activities, monitoring and enforcing.

This series consists of records created by the Division of Human Rights relating to the work of the Commission from 1956 to 1969 and covering Sessions 13 through 26.

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  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
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    Microfilm reference number: ARR 1157/Reels 6 -7, 102

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    Records from 1970 to 1974 re-housed from brown archival boxes to HR0206 and HR0207.
    Protection period to: 1994-12-31

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        Archivist's note

        Protection period duration: 20

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        Protection period note: Series 212, 212/1, 212/2, 212/3 declassified by OHCHR June 2003.

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        Permission: No permission necessary.

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        Physical usability: Without limits

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        Term of protection: UN Classified (20)

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