Commission on Human Rights

Report on the Twenty-Sixth Session

(24 February - 27 March 1970)

Economic and Social Council

Official Records: Forty-Eighth Session

Supplement No. 5

United Nations

New York, 1970

D. Agenda

7. The Commission had before it the provisional agenda of the twenty-sixth session (E/CN.4/1015 and Add.1) drawn up by the Secretary-General in accordance with rule 5 of the rules of procedure of the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

8. At its 1047th meeting, on 24 February 1970, the Commission unanimously adopted the following agenda:

  • Election of officers
  • Adoption of the agenda
  • Organization of the work of the session
  • Procedure for dealing with communications relating to violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms (Economic and Social Council resolution 1422 (XLVI))
  • Question of human rights in the territories occupied as a result of hostilities in the Middle East, including the report of the Special Working Group of Experts (Commission resolution 6 (XXV))
  • Question of the punishment of war criminals and of persons who have committed crimes against humanity (Commission resolution 9 (XXV))
  • Contribution by the Commission to the preparation of the final document or documents to be signed and/or adopted during the commemorative session of the General Assembly to be held on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations (General Assembly resolution 2499 (XXIV))
  • Study of discrimination in the matter of political rights and the draft principles on freedom and non-discrimination in the matter of political rights (Commission resolution 19 XXV))
  • Review of the human rights programme and establishment of priorities. Control and limitation of documentation
  • Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including policies of racial discrimination and segregation and of apartheid, in all countries, with particular reference to colonial and other dependent countries and territories; including
    • Future implementation of tasks referred to in section IV, paragraphs 1 to 4, of resolution 5 (XXV) of the Commission (decision taken by the Economic and Social Council at its 1602nd meeting on 6 June 1969)
    • Reports of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts established under resolutions 2 (XXIII), 2 (XXIV) and 21 (XXV) of the Commission
      • Reports of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts submitted to the twenty-fifth session of the Commission (E/CN.4/984 and Add.1-19) and resolution 1424 (XLVI) of the Economic and Social Council
      • Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts to the twenty-sixth session of the Commission
    • Study of the situations which reveal a consistent pattern of violations of human rights as provided in resolution 8 (XXIII) of the Commission and resolution 1235 (XLII) of the Economic and Social Council (chapter V of the report of the twenty-second session of the Sub-Commission of Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (E/CN.4/1008))
    • Model rules of procedure for United Nations bodies dealing with violations of human rights (Commission resolution 8 (XXV))
  • Programme for the observance in 1971 of the International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (General Assembly resolution 2544 (XXIV))
  • Measures for the speedy implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Measures to be taken against nazism and racial intolerance (Commission resolution 10 (XXV))
  • Question on the realization of the economic, social and cultural rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the study of special problems relating to human rights in developing countries (Commission resolution 14 (XXV) and Economic and Social Council resolution 1421 (XLVI))
  • Periodic reports on human rights
  • Study of the question and education of youth all over the world for the development of its personality and the strengthening of its respect for the rights of man and fundamental freedoms (General Assembly resolution 2447 (XXIII) and Commission resolution 20 (XXV)
  • Reports of the Secretary-General on respect for human rights in armed conflicts (General Assembly resolution 2597 (XXIV)
  • Human Rights and scientific and technological developments: report of the Secretary-General (General Assembly resolution 2450 (XXIII))
  • Report of the twenty-second session of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
  • Question of the establishment of commission on human rights
    • At the national level
    • At the regional or subregional level
  • Advisory service in the field of human rights
  • Further promotion and encouragement of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
  • Question of an international code of police ethics
  • Communications concerning human rights
  • Report of the twenty-sixth session of the Commission to the Economic and Social Council

E. Meetings, resolutions and documentation

9. The Commission held forty-six meetings. The views expressed at those meetings are summarized in the records of the 1046th to 1091st meetings (E/CN.4/SR.1046-1091).

10. The resolutions and other decisions adopted by the Commission at its twenty-sixth session are contained in chapter XXIII. The draft resolutions submitted for consideration by the Economic and Social Council are set out in chapter XXIV. Annex I contains a list of those attending the session; annex II refers to the statements of financial implications of certain decisions of the Commission, which will appear in the addendum to the present report; and annex III contains a list of the documents submitted for the Commission's consideration.