View of Oscar Arias Sanchez (left) of Costa Rica, 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, addressing the Human Rights Commission on behalf of the Laureates attending the meeting.
The Foreign Minister of Paraguay, Alexis Frutos Vaesken (left), is congratulated by the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Carl-August Fleischhauer, after signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.E. Debebe (author)
The Representative of Peru, Jose Antonio Arrospide, as Chairman of the Latin American Group, addresses the commemorative session to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Geneva Convention.
This file contains correspondence and records(copies) of certificates from registry offices received/sent to different South American countries, mainly Argentina, on individual cases.
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (left) of Haïti, addressing the Commission on Human Rights, declares that the Commission must take a stronger stand against Governments that come to power through the force of arms. He said that some of the 20 000 people who had fled last September's putsch in Haïti had been put in camps reminiscent of the slave trade. Forced repatriation, he added, could be considered an act of racial discrimination.
The seven-number Committee on Communications, appointed last year by the UN Human Rights Commission, met for the first time yesterday to begin its study of procedures for dealing with communications alleging violations of human rights. The Committee is composed of the representatives of Argentina, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, the Philippines and the Ukraine.
Here, shortly before today's meeting got under way, Mr George Hakim (Lebanon), at right, is seen exchanging views with Mr. Ivan Gurievitch Neklessa (Ukrainian SSR).
File contains correspondence relating to the transfer of a group of 6 Russian Refugees to various countries in South America.
General view of Oscar Arias Sanchez (third from left) of Costa Rica, 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, addressing the meeting of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. The Nobel Laureates from left to right are: Betty Williams of Ireland; Elie Wiesel of the USA; Mr Sanchez; Adolfo Esquivel of Argentina; Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala; and Maired Corrigan Maguire of Ireland.
View of Richard Schifter (left), Representative of the United States, addressing the Human Right Commission.
The Conference focused on a wide range of human rights issues. With the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, the Conference called on Governments to promote and guarantee all human rights and made recommendations to strengthen the methods and mechanisms used by the United Nations in the field of human rights. The Conference was the first of its kind in 25 years and included 171 Member States and 1,000 non-governmental organizations.
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State of the United States, addresses the Conference.