340.1 AG/2–2053

Memorandum by the Secretary of State1

The question of change of policy in relation to the Human Rights Convention was discussed with the President in Cabinet today and met with general approval.2

J[ohn] F[oster] D[ulles]
  1. Addressed to the Legal Adviser (Phleger), the Assistant Secretary of State for UN Affairs (Hickerson), and the UN Representative on the Commission on Human Rights (Mrs. Lord).
  2. Discussion of human rights at the Cabinet meeting on Feb. 20, 1953 occurred within the context of a discussion on the Bricker Amendment. The following exchange occurred: “The Vice President suggested that support for the amendment developed considerably from opposition to the UN Genocide Convention. Mr. Dulles reported a change in United States policy in regard to the Convention which can be helpful in combating the Bricker Amendment.” (Minutes of Cabinet Meeting, Feb. 20, 1953, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; see extract of the whole discussion on the Bricker Amendment in volume i; Eisenhower Library, Eisenhower papers.)