The United Nations General Assembly on tuesday (9 November) approved a draft resolution which expressed grave indignation and concern over a committee report containing allegations of maltreatment and torture of opponents to apartheid in South Africa.
GV EXT U.N. building
LV Mr. Parvis Mohajer (Iran) walks to rostrum to address assembly
SV U Thant calls for vote, and delegate voting (2 shots)
CV Vote board
GV Delegates, and U Thant announcing adoption of report
SEQ. 2: MR. MOHAJER: "Mr. President, it is not unprecedented to present a report on an item while the general debate is still continuing. This in fact was the case last year when the special political committee submitted a similar report before the end of the debated on the policies of apartheid in South Africa. However, it should be borne in mind that this year what prompted the committee to act apart from the importance of the problem in general, was derived mainly from the recent tragic event in South Africa which among other things brought about the death of a detainee and the conviction of the Anglican Dean of Johannesburg. As the distinguished chairman of the special political committee observed in his statement and I quote -- The recent events have in a very real sense, been the source of the resolution and it is appropriate to have this in mind -- end of quote. The draft resolution contained in this report while basically a reaction to these events, is in no way limited in scope. It reflects on the one hand the great indignation of the committee over the malcontent of the opponent of apartheid, and on the other deals with the roots of the present events. The draft resolution calls (INDISTINCT) for repealing the legislation designed to give effect to the policies of apartheid, request the special committee on apartheid to prepare a special report on all known cases of maltreatment and (INDISTINCT) of prisoners in South Africa and request the Secretary-General to publish all available information on this matter."
U THANT: "I recall the vote has been requested. Those in favour of the draft resolution please signify. Against? And abstented? The voting is now closed. The result of the vote is as follows. In favour 109, opposed 2, no abstentions. The draft resolution is now adopted."
Initials BB/2252 TA/AS/BB/2355
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly on tuesday (9 November) approved a draft resolution which expressed grave indignation and concern over a committee report containing allegations of maltreatment and torture of opponents to apartheid in South Africa.
The voting was 109 to two. South Africa and Portugal voted against the resolution. There were no abstentions.
Just before voting commenced, Mr. Parvis Mohajer of Iran addressed the General Assembly on the proposed draft resolution.