The United States announced today it was canvassing members of the U.N. Human Rights Commission here about possible action on the recent arrest of disidents in the Soviet Union.
Allard K. Lowenstein, chief U.S. delegate to the commission meeting here, told today's session he would be seeking the views of its 32 members on the best action to take "in the spirit of fractrnity and concern for human rights."
In Washington, the State Department declined comment.)
Soviet representative Valerian Zorin expressed his "wonder" at the move. He said the issue was not onthe agenda and the commission had no powers to investigate the Soviet Union's internal affairs.
president Carter has made human rights concern an important part of his foreign policy.
Lowenstein said the U.S. delegation was circulating a questionnaire and a series of proposals to obtain commission members' views on the best way to obtain information about recent arrests in the Soviet Union.
In related developments.
Soviet legal official; told the wife of dissident leader Yuri Orlov that he had been detained for committing an unspecified crime and was in an isolation cell for investigation, dissident sources said.
Yugoslavia accused dissident writer Milovan Djulas and other human rights activist of getting instructions from aboroad in their campaign to win wider civil liberties from Communist authorities.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mirko Kalezie said recent dissident activities in Yugoslavia were aimed at forcing the government to take sides in the controversy over human rights violations in the Soviet bloc.
Kalezie's remarks came 43 hours after Kjilas said in an interview that Yugoslavia holds up to 600 political prisoners, proportionally equal in number to those under arrest in the Soviet Union.
Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyer said in Paris that he had tried in vain for 14 years to get a visa for his mother, 72, to visit him from the Soviet Union.
Nureyev said he had not seen his mother since seeking political asylum in Paris 16 years ago.