The United States has charged that Communist nations lag far behind in carrying out human rights obligations accepted by 35 governments two years ago.
The United States has charged that Communist nations lag far behind in carrying out human rights obligations accepted by 35 governments two years ago. Its chief delegate to the European conference on security and co-operation in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, delivered a hard hitting indictment on human rights on Thursday (6 October).
SYNOPSIS: The diplomats had earlier heard a speech prepared by the Soviet chief delegate, Yuli Vorontsov. In a comparatively low-key address, he called for all participants to show a constructive approach in order to make the conference a success. He said efforts being made in some Western countries to undermine detente hindered the implementation of the 1975 European summit agreements.
Mr. Vorontsov said that human rights for the Soviet Union's citizens were guaranteed by the country's social and economic system as well as being enshrined in law. The Soviet delegate made no direct accusations against Western States for violations of the Helsinki final act, although Reuters news agency says it's known that the Communist state have compiled a dossier of what they regard as offences against human rights in the West.
The speech by the United States chief delegate, Mr. Arthur J. Goldberg was the hardest-hitting the conference had heard on the human rights issue. He said families were still parted across East-West borders and "substantial obstacles" remained in free travel and the flow of information. Mr. Goldberg said the issue of human rights represents the widest gap between the ideals and practices of East and West.
Diplomats from 33 European states, the U.S. and Canada heard Mr. Goldberg list a series of human rights abuses which his country says have not been corrected by the Soviet Union and other East European nations.