Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

HUMAN RIGHTS

Digests of resolutions adopted by the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
between 1889 and 1974

1. We urge Federal authorities to release all such war political prisoners as did not commit or counsel violence against the government, persons or property, who are held solely for expression of convictions. (1920, p. 102)

2. Reiterated 1922, p. 79.

3. Religious people cannot sanction the practice of treating labor only as an instrument where the personality of the individual is not considered. Machinery and industry exist for man and not man for them. (1928, p. 82)

4. A moral order in industry must achieve the betterment of society as a whole, above all else. Contributions to the common good and not the selfish service of a class is the touchstone of all moral behavior. (1928, p. 83)

5. The right of society to protect itself against those who constitute social menaces implies also the solemn obligation to do everything possible to remove the causes which tend to make men criminals and to make punishment corrective in spirit rather than retributional. (1928, p. 85)

6. The sacredness of human life, sanctity of family, kinship of mankind, supremacy of moral law in social relationships, as well as in personal conduct and the concept of the kingdom of God, is part of the precious heritage of Israel. (1935, p. 83)

7. Whereas the United Nations Human Rights Commission has been laboring for some time in preparation of the Covenant on Human Rights directed to the guaranteeing of "human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion," as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations; now therefore be it resolved that the Central Conference of American Rabbis urges our government to increase its efforts to see that agreement is reached by members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the text of an International Covenant so that all the children of God may be guaranteed the full enjoyment of their inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms. (1950, p. 171)

8. We regret that our government has not pursued with greater vigor its support of the Human Rights Covenant. We urge that this policy be revised, thus renewing hope for all whose God-given rights have been abridged. (1953, p. 212)

9. See Freedom of Religion, Sec. 1 (1953).

10. See Soviet Jewry.