1966, the 50th
Session of the International Labour Conference
(ILC) adopted a resolution on ILO′s contribution to the International Year
for Human Rights in which it undertook to ensure the Organization′s ongoing
cooperation with the United Nations for universal respect for and
observation of human rights worldwide.
In June 1968, the ILO Director-General, David A. Morse
speaking at the ILC 52nd
Session, came back to ILO
human rights activities. His report (see Key documents) presented the ILO′s
means of action (standard-setting and a supervisory system, implementation
of practical technical cooperation activities) and its main objectives from
the point of view of the 1944 Philadelphia Declaration
(freedom, equality, economic and social security, etc.). The subject was also presented by ILO at the International Conference on Human
Rights held in Tehran in April-May 1968.
During the 52nd
Session, the ILC adopted a resolution
concerning action by the ILO in the field of human rights
resolution recalled the “urgent need for eliminating discrimination made on
the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national
extraction or social origin” and invited ILO to implement a long-term
concerted human rights programme.