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General Assembly, 3rd session, Paris
21 September to 2 December

The report of the Third Committee (A/777) 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 slight change to the language that would clarify that the articles of the Declaration clearly applied to all persons regardless of their jurisdiction, whether this be in an independent state, trust or non-self-governing territory. This amendment was adopted in a roll call vote, 29 in favour, 17 opposed, 10 abstentions. (A/PV.183).

The representative of Poland requested a separate vote was taken on the Preamble and on each article. This was done. (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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