Question of measures to be taken against ideologies and practices based on terror or incitement to racial discrimination or any other form of group hatred

3 (XXXVII). Question of measures to be taken against ideologies and practices based on terror or incitement to racial discrimination or any other form of group hatred[1]7

The Commission on Human Rights, Recalling that the United Nations emerged from the struggle against nazism, fascism, and foreign aggression and occupation, Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, Recalling that the Charter of the United Nations states in Article I that the purposes of the United Nations are, inter alia, to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, Emphasizing that all totalitarian or other ideologies and practices, in particular nazi, fascist and neo-fascist, based on racial or ethnic exclusiveness or intolerance, hatred, terror, systematic denial of human rights and fundamental freedoms, or which have such consequences, may jeopardize world peace and constitute obstacles to friendly relations between States and to the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Recalling General Assembly resolution 35/200 of 15 December 1980, Reaffirming that all totalitarian or other ideologies and practices, in particular nazi, fascist and neo-fascist, based on racial or ethnic exclusiveness or intolerance, hatred, terror, systematic denial of human rights and fundamental freedoms, or which have such consequences, are incompatible with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, the Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and other relevant international instruments, Expressing deep concern at increasing activities in any part of the world by groups and organizations or whoever is propagating and practising the abovementioned inhumane ideologies, Bearing in mind that racist ideologies are totally incompatible with the purposes of international co-operation in promoting and developing respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all individuals and peoples without distinction as to race, sex., language, religion, or national or ethnic origin,

1. Condemns all totalitarian or other ideologies and practices, in particular nazi, fascist and neo-fascist, based on racial or ethnic exclusiveness or intolerance, hatred, terror, systematic denial of human rights and fundamental freedoms, or which have such consequences;

2. Urges all States to draw attention to the threats to democratic institutions by the above-mentioned ideologies and practices and to consider taking measures, in accordance with their national constitutional systems, to prohibit or otherwise deter activities by groups and organizations or whoever is practising these ideologies;

3. Calls upon appropriate international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to initiate or intensify measures against the ideologies and practices described in paragraph 1 above;

4. Appeals to States which have not yet done so to become parties to the International Covenants on Human Rights, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid and other relevant international instruments;

5. Decides to consider this question, including the possibility of elaborating a draft Declaration, at its thirty-eighth session.



[1]7 Adopted at the 1611th meeting, on 23 February 1981, by a roll-call vote of 38 to none, with 1 abstention. See chap. XXII.
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