United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 March 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 112 (c)


            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/635/Add.3)]

            50/196.     Human rights in Haiti

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/201 of 23 December 1994,

      Guided by the principles embodied in the Charter of the United
Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  1/ and the
International Covenants on Human Rights,  2/

      Taking note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 1995/70 of
8 March 1995,  3/ in which the Commission requested the Secretary-
General to appoint an independent expert with the mandate to furnish
assistance to the Government of Haiti in the area of human rights, to
examine the development of the situation of human rights in that
country, to monitor the fulfilment by Haiti of its obligations in this
field and to submit a report to the General Assembly at its fiftieth
session and to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-second

      Recognizing the work carried out by the International Civilian
Mission to Haiti for the defence of human rights, and recalling
General Assembly resolution 49/27 B of 12 July 1995, in which it
decided to authorize the extension of the mandate of the Mission,

      1.    Expresses its thanks for the efforts of the Secretary-
General and his Special Representative for Haiti in favour of the
consolidation of democratic institutions in Haiti and the respect for
human rights in that country;

      2.    Welcomes the satisfactory evolution of the political process
in Haiti and the holding of legislative and municipal elections and
the forthcoming presidential elections, in accordance with the
Constitution, as indispensable elements in the strengthening of
democratic institutions;

      3.    Takes note with appreciation of the report of the
independent expert of the Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Adama Dieng,
on the situation of human rights in Haiti  4/ and the
recommendations contained therein;

      4.    Expresses its concern about the recent incidents of
violence, in particular the assassination of a member of the Haitian
Parliament, and hopes that such acts and other incidents of violence
will not impede continued progress in the field of human rights and
the consolidation of constitutional democracy;

      5.    Welcomes the establishment of the programme of technical
cooperation prepared by the Centre for Human Rights of the Secretariat
aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity in the field of
human rights, particularly in the areas of legislative reform,
training for justice administration personnel and human rights

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General, through the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre for Human Rights, to
take appropriate steps to ensure financial and technical resources for
the implementation of such a programme;

      7.    Expresses its support for the work currently undertaken by
the National Commission of Truth and Justice, with the cooperation of
the International Civilian Mission to Haiti, in its investigation of
past human rights abuses, and looks forward to its report at the end
of 1995;

      8.    Decides to continue its consideration of the situation of
human rights and fundamental freedoms in Haiti at its fifty-first
session, on the basis of information provided by the Commission on
Human Rights and the Economic and Social Council.

                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


1/          Resolution 217 A (III).

2/          Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

3/          See 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.

4/          See A/50/714.

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