Human Rights Quarterly
The forty-first session ofthe Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (hereinafter the Sub-Commission) met in August 1989 to address a number of human rights situations that had come to worldwide attention since 1988. The session followed the bloody suppres- sion of demonstrations in the People's Republic of China, a rash of bombings and political assassinations in Colombia, and the use of chemical weapons against unarmed civilians in Iraq. Moreover, unusual political pressures from a variety of sources played an important role. As the Sub-Commission de- bated its first resolution on a country which holds a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, 2 members of the Sub-Commission faced a challenge to maintain their independence and overcome political pressures that sur- rounded these controversial issues.
Robin M. Maher and David Weissbrodt, The 41st Session of The UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 12 Hum. Rts. Q. 290 (1990), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/231.