WHEREAS for many years the National Women's Conference of the American Ethical Union, in community with other organizations accredited to the U.N., has been conscious of the fact that the constructive actions of the United States in the field of human rights are not believed by the nations of the world; and
WHEREAS the National Women's Conference has consistently tried to convince Congress that the failure of the Senate to ratify most of the human rights conventions has placed the United States in the unfavorable position of not affirming internationally what we maintain nationally, thereby placing us in the untenable position of being scorned because we will not agree with the international mores (that of the ratification of international conventions), and;
WHEREAS it was United States spokesmen who spearheaded the human rights provisions in the United Nations Charter; and
WHEREAS during a time of crisis in United States international relations it is especially important to stress our basic belief in human rights for all;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Ethical Union reaffirms its conviction that the human rights conventions not already ratified, namely; on the prevention and punishment of the crime on genocide; concerning freedom of association and protection of the right to organize; on the political rights of women; on the abolition of forced labor; concerning discrimination in respect to employment and occupation; concerning equal remuneration for men and women workers for the work of equal value; against discrimination in education; be ratified at this session in this International Year for Human Rights and that the American Ethical Union do all in its power to make its views known to Congress and to encourage each member of the American Ethical Union to communicate personally and otherwise with each member of the Senate, so that the United States can unify international action in the implementation of human rights as set forth in the United Nations Charter.
Source: Where We Stand ... 1969
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