58. Memorandum From the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (Gilligan) to the Deputy Secretary of State (Christopher)1
- U. S. Policy on Human Rights
Attached are the contributions to PRM 28 which you requested from A.I.D. These are:
—Action Plan for Expanding A.I.D.’s Human Rights Initiatives (Tab A)
—Status Report on the Observance of Women’s Rights (Tab B)
—Use of Economic and Food Assistance to Improve Human Rights Conditions (Tab C)
The last paper has been coordinated with State/EB as you requested.
These possibilities for additional action in pursuit of the Administration’s human rights objectives are appropriate for consideration at this point. No decisions should be made on them at this time, however, since their respective pros and cons cannot be reflected in a contribution of this length. Each should be more thoroughly and openly discussed, and coordinated with proposed action in other areas, to fully develop information on which final action can be based. I assume such interagency discussions will be part of the PRM 28 process as it has been for earlier PRMs.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Secretary: Records of Warren Christopher, 1977–1980, Lot 81D113, Box 19, Tasking Memos. Confidential. Wisner initialed the memorandum.↩
- Reference is to a monthly periodical produced by the Press and Publications Division, Office of Public Affairs, Agency for International Development (AID/OPA/PP).↩
- Not further identified.↩
- No classification marking.↩
- The “current” reference is to the Percy amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1973 (S. 1443; P.L. 93–189), which Nixon signed into law on December 17, 1973. The amendment added a Section 113—Integrating Women Into National Economies—to the act. The “pending” reference is to the International Development and Food Assistance Act (H.R. 6714), which contained an amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act directing the President to submit to Congress a report on the impact of development programs, projects, and activities on the integration of women into the developing economies of countries receiving U.S. development assistance. Carter signed the International Development and Food Assistance Act of 1977 (P.L. 95–88; 91 Stat. 533–552) into law on August 3, 1977.↩
- Delegates to the World Conference of the International Women’s Year, held in Mexico City June 19–July 2, 1975, approved a World Plan of Action designed as a “general guide” toward eliminating discrimination against women. See Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume E–14, Part 1, Documents on the United Nations, 1973–1976, Documents 175–185. See also Document 342.↩
- Reference is to P.L. 95–88; see footnote 6 above.↩