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Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations

From: Chairman Clemens N Nathan

The Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations (CCJO) was established as an NGO (non-governmental organisation) at the United Nations in 1946 by Jewish organisations frorn both sides of the Atlantic to encourage the recognition of human rights for all people and to ensure the input of the Jewish ethical tradition in the development of international human rights law. The CCJO’s first President was Rene Cassin, a principal drafter of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968 in recognition of his work for human rights as a jurist, academic and statesman. The CCJ0 has been an active supporter of efforts to increase the effectiveness of the UN’s human rights treaties and institutional mechanisms in the intervening decades. From the 1940s to the 1970s it was involved in the creation of the United Nations human rights instruments, which form the basis of the UN’s human rights activities today. The CCJO’s constituent organisations at present are the Anglo-Jewish Association, the Alliance Israelite Universelle, the American Friends of the Alliance, and the Canadian Friends of the Alliance.

As an NGO with special consultative status at the United Nations (as well as at UNESCO) the CCJO participates in Human Rights meetings, including the Commission on Human Rights and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. It closely follows international human rights problems and developments, and has taken a particular interest in the establishment of an international criminal court. Recent CCJO briefings have been presented to various international bodies on subjects ranging from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia to problems relating to laws dealing with the migration of workers.

Criteria for Papers

The CCJO is currently developing a new series of projects in furtherance of its fundamental aims. One of these is in connection with the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance to be held in South Africa in August 2001. Contemporary issues of racism and discrimination are arising that may not have been adequately treated in existing instruments, and the effectiveness of current international machinery needs to be re-examined.

The CCJO wishes to encourage an innovative and dynamic approach to these issues, and for this purpose invites the submission of scholarly papers, 30 to 40 pages (double-spaced), on different aspects of racism and racial discrimination. The intention is not to promote any particular agenda, but rather to stimulate debate by presenting varied viewpoints.

The following topics are likely to be among those to be addressed at the World Congress:

-religious freedom
-the scope and limits of restitution and compensation for victims of discrimination
-the treatment of racism and discrimination by the UN system
-developments in the field of racism and discrimination in European law (EU and Council of Europe)
- racism and the internet
-refugees, internally displaced persons, asylurn seekers
-racism and the media
-racism and the criminal justice system.


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