Question of the international legal protection of the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (37th sess. : 1982-1983)
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  • Date:
    17 December 1982
  The General Assembly, Bearing in mind Economic and Social Council resolutions 1790 (LIV) of 18 May 1973 and 1871 (LVI) of 17 May 1974 concerning the question of the international legal protection of the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live, Noting Commission on Human Rights resolutions 8 (XXIX) of 21 March 1973, 11 (XXX) of 6 March 1974, 16 (XXXV) of 14 March 1979, and 19 (XXXVI) of 29 February 1980, on the same subject, Noting also resolution 9 (XXXI) of 13 September 1978 of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, Recalling that the Economic and Social Council, by its resolution 1980/29 of 2 May 1980, decided to transmit to the General Assembly at its thirty-fifth session the text of the draft declaration on the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live, prepared by the Special Rapporteur of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, the Baroness Elles, and amended by the Sub-Commission, together with the comments on the text received from Member States in response to Council decision 1979/36 of 10 May 1979, and recommended that the Assembly should consider the adoption of a declaration on the subject, Recalling also its resolutions 35/199 of 15 December 1980 and 36/165 of 16 December 1981, in which it decided to establish an open-ended working group for the purpose of concluding the elaboration of the draft declaration on the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live, Having considered the report of the Working Group,

1. Takes note of the report of the Working Group and of the fact that, although the Working Group has done useful work, it has not had sufficient time to conclude its task;

2. Requests the Secretary-General to transmit to Governments, competent organs of the United Nations system and international organizations concerned, the reports of the open-ended working groups established at the thirty-fifth, thirty-sixth and thirty-seventh sessions and to invite them to bring up to date the comments they submitted in accordance with Economic and Social Council decision 1979/36 of 10 May 1979 or to submit new comments on the basis of the above-mentioned reports, by 30 June 1983;

3. Decides to establish, at its thirty-eighth session, an open-ended working group for the purpose of concluding the elaboration of the draft declaration on the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live;

4. Expresses the hope that a draft declaration on the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live will be adopted by the General Assembly at its thirty-eighth session.

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