The British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home appealed to the United Nations on Wednesday (27 September) for help in persuading president Idi Amin to extend his deadline for the expulsion of Asians from uganda.
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DOUGLAS-HOME: "The Uganda Government's action in expelling Ugandan Asians and confiscating their assets without clear and unequivocal assurances of full and prompt compensation illustrates the degradation to which intolerance can bring its disciples. This is an outrage against standards of human decency in the face of which this Assembly cannot remain silent. And the Asians are being given a time limit of ninety-days in which to leave--the number of days now left is only forty-two. President Amin has said that if the Asians are not out by this deadline then he will put them in camps if they have not left before that time. We do not accept that this deadline has any justification in law or in morality. The Government of Uganda is responsible for the proper treatment of those who have lived in that country for many years and putting them in camps is contrary to all accepted standards of civilised behaviour. the Ugandan Government should be called upon to change its policy and treat these people with humanity and not with contempt. Injustice must be condemned, Mr. President, wherever it rears its ugly head, whether it is perpetrated by Europeans, or Africans, or Asians or whosoever. Every country in the Assembly, therefore, should use its influence to insist that this injustice should and. (APPLAUSE)
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Background: The British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home appealed to the United Nations on Wednesday (27 September) for help in persuading president Idi Amin to extend his deadline for the expulsion of Asians from uganda.
SYNOPSIS: Britain took its dispute with Uganda over the expulsion of Asians to the United Nations on Wednesday. The Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, appealed to the General Assembly for help in re-settling the Asians and in persuading President Amin to extend the deadline for their expulsion.