- Human Rights Policies
I understand that in general you reacted favorably to the S/P paper of October 22 on US Policies on Human Rights but that you preferred not to issue guidance on the subject to the Department and to the field (copy attached). It is not clear to me whether you had any substantive objections to the material in the guidance or whether you merely had problems with the idea of officially promulgating a paper on the subject and distributing it widely in the building and to our embassies abroad.
I met yesterday with the officers principally concerned with human rights matters in the Department to acquaint them with recent developments in this area and to provide them with a clearer idea of the Department’s current posture on these issues. I am particularly concerned with the need to give the five officers now designated as “human rights officers” in the regional bureaus some indication of what their functions should be and what policy line they should follow.
If you have no objection to the substance of the attached draft, I would propose to make it available informally and as background to these few officers as guidance on the Department’s general approach but not to issue it as a formal guidance memorandum to the Department and the field.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files, P760137–1296. Confidential; Limited Official Use. The undated attachment, drafted by Sirkin, is not published. The document does not indicate approval or disapproval by Kissinger.↩
- Ingersoll requested permission to disseminate a draft policy guidance statement concerning U.S. policies on human rights to Department of State personnel.↩