Respect for the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others and its contribution to the economic and social development of Member States.

1988/18. Respect for the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others and its contribution to the economic and social development of Member States

The Commission on Human Rights, Recalling its resolution 1987/17 of 10 March 1987, by which the Commission urged States, in accordance with their respective constitutional systems, and in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to provide, where they had not done so, adequate constitutional and legal provisions to protect the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others and the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of one's property, Recalling further General Assembly resolution 41/132 of 4 December 1986, by which the Assembly expressed the conviction that the full enjoyment by everyone of the right to own property alone as well as in association with others, as set forth in article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was of particular significance in fostering widespread enjoyment of other basic human rights and contributed to securing the goals of economic and social development enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, as well as General Assembly resolution 42/114 of 7 December 1987,

1. Notes that General Assembly resolution 41/132 calls for a report by the Secretary-General, to be submitted to the Assembly at its forty-third session, taking into account the views of Member States, specialized agencies and other competent bodies of the United Nations system, within existing resources, on:

(a) The relationship between the full enjoyment by individuals of human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others, as set forth in article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the economic and social development of Member States;

(b) The role of the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others, as set forth in article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in ensuring the full and free participation of individuals in the economic and social systems of States;

2. Appeals to Member States, on the basis of their national experience, and to specialized agencies and other competent bodies of the United Nations to respond as constructively and as factually as possible to the invitation in General Assembly resolution 41/132 to communicate to the Secretary-General their views on the subject of his report;

3. Decides to consider at its forty-fifth session the question of respect for the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others and its contribution to the economic and social development of Member States under the agenda item "Question of the realization in all countries of the economic, social and cultural rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and study of special problems which the developing countries face in their efforts to achieve these human rights".

49th meeting
7 March 1988
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. VIII.]
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