Draft international covenants on human rights

IX. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE THIRD COMMITTEE
833. Draft international covenants on human rights

The General Assembly, Taking note of the draft international covenants on human rights[1] prepared by the Commission on Human Rights and transmitted [2] by the Economic and Social Council and expressing its gratitude to that Commission for the work accomplished, Having considered these draft international covenants on human rights at its ninth session, Reaffirming that it is important that these draft international covenants should be adopted in their final form as soon as possible, Considering that it is desirable to give Governments of States Members and non-members of the United Nations and the specialized agencies time to make a full study of these draft international covenants and to submit, if they so desire, amendments or additions thereto, or further observations thereon, Considering that it is desirable for each Government to be informed in good time of the views of other Governments and of the specialized agencies concerning the provisions to be included in the draft international covenants on human rights so that it may take due account of these views in determining its own attitude, Considering that it is desirable that public opinion should continue to express itself freely on the draft international covenants on human rights,

1. Invites:

(a) Governments of States Members and non-members of the United Nations to communicate to the Secretary-General, within six months after the end of the present session of the General Assembly, any amendments or additions to the draft international covenants on human rights or any observations thereon;

(b) The specialized agencies to communicate to the Secretary-General, within six months after the end of the present session, any observations they may wish to make with regard to the draft international covenants on human rights;

(c) The non-governmental organizations concerned with the promotion of human rights, including those in the Non- Self -Governing and Trust Territories, to stimulate public interest in the draft international covenants on human rights by all possible means in their respective countries;

2. Requests the Secretary-General:

(a) To prepare and distribute to Governments, as early as possible, a concise annotation of the text of the draft international covenants on human rights, taking account of the observations made before and during the ninth session of the General Assembly, including those made in the Economic and Social Council and in the Commission on Human Rights;

(b) To distribute to Governments, as soon as they are received, the communications which may be made by Governments and by the specialized agencies during the next six months;

(c) To prepare as a working paper a compilation of all the amendments and proposed new articles which may be submitted by Governments during that period;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to give the draft international covenants on human rights the widest possible publicity through all the media of information available to him, and within the limits of his budget;

4. Recommends that, during the tenth session of the General Assembly, the Third Committee give priority and devote itself mainly to the discussion, article by article, in an agreed order, of the draft international covenants on human rights with a view to their adoption at the earliest possible date. The discussion shall also cover any new articles which may be proposed.

504th plenary meeting,
4 December 1954.


[1] See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Eighteenth Session, Supplement No. 7, annexes I, II and III. [2] See Economic and Social Council, resolution 545 B (XVIII).
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