Group Says Only 71 Divided Families Listed in May Reunited With AM-Emigration-Graham, Bjt
VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Only 71 of nearly 2,000 families whose members were reported to be divided by East-West borders have been reunited in the West, a human rights group said Monday.
The International Society for Human Rights said Monday that of 1,948 divided families it named last May, only 71 have been reunited in the West so far. It did not say how many of the families included Americans.
Edgar Lamm, the Frankfurt-based society’s representative at the conference in Vienna on East-West security and cooperation, said documents submitted at the meeting cited 781 divided families asking ″for help in their struggle to be reunited.″
Lamm said his group is asking the 35 nations meeting in Vienna to establish a human rights commission and a human rights court and to approve a charter guaranteeing every citizen the right to receive humanitarian aid.
At Lamm’s news conference, seven families displayed placards with photographs and details of their relatives, who they claim have been prevented by Soviet bloc governments from coming to the West.
The International Society for Human Rights was founded in West Germany in 1972. The society set up national branches in several countries a decade later and is represented in 14 countries, including the United States.