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Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Drafting History

General Assembly 3rd session - Plenary

General view of the opening meeting of the third Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly as M. Auriol, President of the French Republic, welcomes the delegates to Paris and to the Palais de Chaillot.  Seated at dais, left to right, are: Trygve Lie, United Nations Secretary-General; Dr. Juan A. Bramuglia of Argentina, acting Assembly President, and Andrew W. Cordier, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General. (21 September 1948 Paris, France)

General Assembly, 3rd session, Plenary
21 September - 2 December 1948

The Third Committee (A/777) report was considered in plenary meetings of 9 and 10 December 1948 (A/PV.180, A/PV. 181, A/PV.182, A/PV.183). Views expressed by various representatives still included some opposition. The delegation of the Soviet Union submitted amendments in document A/784. These were rejected in a roll call vote, 6 in favour, 45 against and 3 abstentions (A/PV.183).

Another amendment proposed by the United Kingdom (A/778/Rev.1) called for a change in language that would clarify that the Declaration applied to all persons regardless of their jurisdiction, whether an independent state, trust or non-self-governing territory. This amendment was adopted in a vote, 29 in favour, 17 opposed, 10 abstentions (A/PV.183).

The representative of Poland requested a separate vote on the Preamble and on each article (A/PV.183). On 10 December 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted as Resolution 217(III) with 48 members in favor, and 8 abstaining.


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