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UN Resolution 1598: On Race Conflict in South Africa, 1961

Resulting from the Policy of Apartheid in the Union of South Africa, April 13,1961

The General Assembly,

Recalling its previous resolutions on the question of race conflict in South Africa resulting from the policies of apartheid of the Government of the Union of South Africa, . . .

Recalling also that the Government of the Union of South Africa has failed to comply with the repeated requests and demands of the United Nations and world public opinion and to reconsider or revise its racial policies or to observe its obligations under the Charter,

1. Deplores such continued and total disregard by the Government of the Union of South Africa and furthermore its determined aggravation of racial issues by more discriminatory laws and measures and their enforcement, accompanied by violence and bloodshed;

2. Deprecates policies based on racial discrimination as reprehensible and repugnant to human dignity;

3. Requests all States to consider taking such separate and collective action as is open to them, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations, to bring about the abandonment of these policies;

4. Affirms that the racial policies being pursued by the Government of the Union of South Africa are a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are inconsistent with the obligations of a Member State;

5. Notes with grave concern that these policies have led to international friction and that their continuance endangers international peace and seenri ty;

6. Reminds the Government of the Union of South Africa of the requirement in Article 2, paragraph 2, of the Charter that all Members shall fulfil in good faith the obligations assumed by them under the Charter;

7. Calls upon the Government of the Union of South Africa once again to bring its policies and conduct into conformity with its obligations under the Charter.


from United Nations, General Assembly, Official Records, Fifteenth Session, Supplement No. 16A, Resolution No. 1598 (XV), pp. 5-56.

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