UN endorses Morris Abram’s draft anti-racism convention

Morris B. Abram, expert member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, addressing the world body on January 15, 1964. During his term, Abram became one of the drafters of the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination.


On January 15, 1964, by a vote of 7 to 2 with 5 abstentions, the sub-commission of UN Commission on Human Rights endorsed the draft anti-racism convention proposed by Morris Abram as the basis for moving forward. This would become the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Source: E/CN.4/Sub.2/SR.412


SUMMARY RECORD OF THE FOUR HUNDRED AND TWELFTH MEETING Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 15 January 1964, at 3.10 p.m.   Draft international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination


Mr. KETRZYNSKI inquired in what order the Sub-Commission would examine the different articles if it decided to take Mr. Abram’s draft as a basis.

The CHAIRMAN thought that it would be as well to take up the articles in the order in which they appeared in Mr. Abram’s draft.

Mr. MATSCH said that to break the deadlock the sponsors of the various drafts should meet and exchange views on those questions which had been dealt with in all the drafts.

Mr. AWAD formally moved that Mr. Abram’s s draft should be taken as a basis. Each article would be examined in succession and redrafted as necessary.

The CHAIRMAN put Mr. Awad’s motion to the vote.

Mr. Awad’s motion was adopted by 7 votes to 2, with 5 abstentions.


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