106. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom) to the Representative at the Organization of American States (Dreier)1


  • Secretary’s Comments on Human Rights Commission

The Secretary said that he believed that the establishment of the Human Rights Commission, in the form now contemplated by a seeming majority of the OAS Council, should be opposed by the U.S. since such a Commission would be clearly “biting off more than it could chew”. He expressed agreement with a tactic to use all possible persuasion with the most respectable countries we could line up to oppose the Commission and state publicly, along with us, their reasons for so doing. I mentioned the possibility of getting Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina to join us in taking such a position.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 371.707/4–2260. Official Use Only. Also addressed to Monsma and Reed. A handwritten notation on the source text by Monsma reads: “Amb. Dreier told me Secy wants to build up support but not arm twisting. G.N.M. 4/25/60.”
  2. Printed from a copy that bears these typed initials.