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Thursday, 30 June 1949

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) .- I assume that every nation willing to sign the convention will be invited to do so. What is the position of Spain under General Franco? It is reported that tens of thousands of men are incarcerated in Spain in vile dungeons. Has Spain been invited to sign the convention? Is the treatment of those prisoners in Spain regarded as genocide? Article II. of the convention contains these words -

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.

Dr Evatt - In Article XI., it is stated -

The present Convention shall be open until the 31st December, 1949, for signature on behalf of any Member of the United Nations and of any non-member State to which an Invitation to sign has been addressed by the General Assembly.

So far as I know, no invitation has yet been addressed outside the United Nations.

Mr ANTHONY - Has Spain applied for admission to the United Nations, and if so, with what result?

Dr Evatt - Spain has not yet applied.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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