Status of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (32nd sess. : 1977)
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    7 November 1977

32. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE THIRD COMMITTEE
12. Status of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 3068 (XXVIII) of 30 November 1973, by which it adopted and opened for signature and ratification the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, and its resolutions 3380 (XXX) of 10 November 1975 and 31/80 of 13 December 1976, Reaffirming its conviction that apartheid constitutes a total negation of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and is a crime against humanity and that its continued intensification and expansion seriously disturb and threaten international peace and security, Convinced that ratification of and accession to the Convention on a universal basis and implementation of its provisions without delay are necessary for the achievement of the goals of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination,[1] Convinced that the proclamation of 1978 as International Anti-Apartheid Year[2] will contribute to the aims of the Convention, Bearing in mind the Maputo Declaration in Support of the Peoples of Zimbabwe and Namibia[3] adopted by the International Conference in Support of the Peoples of Zimbabwe and Namibia, held at Maputo from 16 to 21 May 1977, and the Lagos Declaration for Action against Apartheid[4] adopted by the World Conference for Action against Apartheid, held at Lagos from 22 to 26 August 1977, Taking note of the document referring to the General Declaration and the Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference against Apartheid, Racism and Colonialism in Southern Africa, held at Lisbon from 16 to 19 June 1977,[5] Convinced that the legitimate struggle of the oppressed peoples in southern Africa against apartheid, colonialism and racial discrimination and the effective implementation of their inalienable and legitimate rights, including their right to self-determination, demand all necessary support by the international community,

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the status of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid;[6]

2. Expresses its satisfaction with the increase in the number of States which have ratified the Convention or acceded thereto;

3. Requests all States which have not yet become parties to the Convention to accede thereto as soon as possible;

4. Welcomes the establishment by the Chairman of the thirty-third session of the Commission on Human Rights of a group as provided for by article IX of the Convention;[7]

5. Invites the Commission on Human Rights to continue its efforts to undertake the functions set out in article X of the Convention;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to include in his next annual report under General Assembly resolution 3380 (XXX) a special section concerning the implementation of the Convention.

60th plenary meeting
7 November 1977


[1] See resolution 3057 (XXVIII). [2] See Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-second Session, Supplement No. 22A (A/32/Add.1-3), document A/32/Add.2. [3] A/32/Rev.1-S/12344/Rev.1, annex V, sect. II. For the printed text, see Official Records of the Security Council, Thirty-second Year, Supplement for July, August and September 1977. [4] A/CONF.91/9 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.77.XIV.2 and corrigendum), sect. X. [5] A/AC. 115 /L.467. [6] A/32/187. [7] The Working Group on the Implementation of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid consists of the following members: Cuba, Nigeria and Syrian Arab Republic.
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