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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
13,1961The 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.
Source:from United Nations, General Assembly, Official Records, Fifteenth Session,
Supplement No. 16A, Resolution No. 1598 (XV), pp. 5-56.
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