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A/RES/43/105


General Assembly

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8 December 1988

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                                                        A/RES/43/105
                                                        75th plenary meeting
                                                        8 December 1988
 
    Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Reaffirming the importance, for the effective guarantee and observance of
 human rights, of the universal realization of the right of peoples to
 self-determination enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and embodied
 in the International Covenants on Human Rights, as well as in the Declaration
 on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples contained in
 General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,
 
      Welcoming the progressive exercise of the right to self-determination by
 peoples under colonial, foreign or alien occupation and their emergence into
 sovereign statehood and independence,
 
      Deeply concerned about the continuation of acts or threats of foreign
 military intervention and occupation that are threatening to suppress, or have
 already suppressed, the right to self-determination of an increasing number of
 sovereign peoples and nations,
 
      Expressing grave concern that, as a consequence of the persistence of
 such actions, millions of people have been and are being uprooted from their
 homes as refugees and displaced persons, and emphasizing the urgent need for
 concerted international action to alleviate their condition,
 
      Recalling the relevant resolutions regarding the violation of the right
 of peoples to self-determination and other human rights as a result of foreign
 military intervention, aggression and occupation, adopted by the Commission on
 Human Rights at its thirty-sixth, thirty-seventh, thirty-eighth, thirty-ninth,
 fortieth, forty-first, forty-second, forty-third and forty-fourth sessions,
 
      Reiterating its resolutions 35/35 B of 14 November 1980, 36/10 of
 28 October 1981, 37/42 of 3 December 1982, 38/16 of 22 November 1983, 39/18 of
 23 November 1984, 40/24 of 29 November 1985, 41/100 of 4 December 1986 and
 42/94 of 7 December 1987,
 
      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General,
 
      1.   Reaffirms that the universal realization of the right of all
 peoples, including those under colonial, foreign and alien domination, to
 self-determination is a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and
 observance of human rights and for the preservation and promotion of such
 rights; 
 
      2.   Declares its firm opposition to acts of foreign military
 intervention, aggression and occupation, since these have resulted in the
 suppression of the right of peoples to self-determination and other human
 rights in certain parts of the world;
 
      3.   Calls upon those States responsible to cease immediately their
 military intervention and occupation of foreign countries and territories and
 all acts of repression, discrimination, exploitation and maltreatment,
 particularly the brutal and inhuman methods reportedly employed for the
 execution of these acts against the peoples concerned;
 
      4.   Deplores the plight of the millions of refugees and displaced
 persons who have been uprooted as a result of the aforementioned acts and
 reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and
 honour; 
 
      5.   Requests the Commission on Human Rights to continue to give special
 attention to the violation of human rights, especially the right to
 self-determination, resulting from foreign military intervention, aggression
 or occupation;
 
      6.   Requests the Secretary-General to report on this issue to the
 General Assembly at its forty-fourth session under the item entitled
 "Importance of the universal realization of the right of peoples to
 self-determination and of the speedy granting of independence to colonial
 countries and peoples for the effective guarantee and observance of human
 rights".