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A/RES/50/135


General Assembly

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30 January 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 103


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/626)]


            50/135.     Measures to combat contemporary forms
                        of racism, racial discrimination,
                        xenophobia and related intolerance


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/147 of 23 December 1994 and taking
note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 1995/12 of
24 February 1995,  1/

      Bearing in mind the outcome of the World Conference on Human
Rights, held at Vienna from 14 to 25 June 1993, and, in particular,
the attention given in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action  2/ to the elimination of racism, racial discrimination,
xenophobia and other forms of intolerance,

      Aware that racism, being one of the exclusionist phenomena
plaguing many societies, requires resolute action and cooperation for
its eradication,

      Having examined the report of the Special Rapporteur of the
Commission on Human Rights on contemporary forms of racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, including its
conclusions and recommendations,  3/

      Deeply concerned that, despite continued efforts, racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, as well as acts of
racial violence, persist and even grow in magnitude, incessantly
adopting new forms, including tendencies to establish policies based
on racial, religious, ethnic, cultural and national superiority or
exclusivity,

      Conscious of the fundamental difference between, on the one hand,
racism and racial discrimination as governmental policy or resulting
from official doctrines of racial superiority or exclusivity and, on
the other hand, other manifestations of racism, racial discrimination,
xenophobia and related intolerance taking place in segments of many
societies and perpetrated by individuals or groups, some of which are
directed against migrant workers and members of their families,  

      Underlining the importance of creating conditions which foster
greater harmony and tolerance within societies,

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur of the
Commission on Human Rights on contemporary forms of racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; 3/

      2.    Expresses its full support for the work of the Special
Rapporteur, and requests him to continue his exchange of views with
relevant mechanisms, related United Nations organs and specialized
agencies in order to further their effectiveness and mutual
cooperation;

      3.    Expresses its profound concern at and unequivocal
condemnation of all forms of racism and all racist violence, including
related acts of random and indiscriminate violence;

      4.    Expresses its deep concern at and condemnation of
manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and
related intolerance against migrant workers and members of their
families and other vulnerable groups in many societies;

      5.    Encourages all States, in accordance with the conclusions
and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur in his most recent
report, to include in their educational curricula and social
programmes at all levels, as appropriate, knowledge of and tolerance
and respect for foreign cultures, peoples and countries;

      6.    Supports the efforts of Governments in taking measures aimed
at the eradication of all forms of racism, racial discrimination,
xenophobia and related intolerance;

      7.    Recognizes that Governments should implement and enforce
legislation to prevent acts of racism and racial discrimination;

      8.    Calls upon all Governments and intergovernmental
organizations, with the assistance of non-governmental organizations,
as appropriate, to continue to cooperate with and to supply relevant
information to the Special Rapporteur;

      9.    Urges all Governments to cooperate fully with the Special
Rapporteur, with a view to enabling him to fulfil his mandate;

      10.   Requests, once again, the Secretary-General promptly to
provide the Special Rapporteur with all the necessary human and
financial assistance in carrying out his mandate and enabling him to
submit, in a timely manner, a preliminary report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session on this question.

                                                     97th plenary meeting
                                                         21 December 1995


                                  Notes

1/   Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995,
Supplement No. 3 and corrigenda (E/1995/23 and Corr.1 and 2), chap. II,
sect. A.

2/   A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

3/   See A/50/476.

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