Human Rights: A Chilly Debut

The new U.S. policy

Striding into Geneva's mustard-colored Palais des Nations to make its debut at the annual session of the 43-nation U.N. Human Rights Commission, the crisp new U.S. delegation was received with keen anticipation. The assembled delegates were waiting to hear the first formal expression of the Reagan Administration's sharp break with the Carter human rights policy.

They were not disappointed. Chief Delegate Michael Novak, a neoconservative scholar at Washington's American Enterprise Institute, set out to assure the parley that the U.S. was not about to abandon human rights concerns....

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