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A/RES/51/110


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 March 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 110 (c)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

      [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/619/Add.3 and Corr.1)]


            51/110.     Human rights in Haiti


      The General Assembly,

      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/

      Recalling its resolution 50/196 of 22 December 1995, and taking
note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 1996/58 of 19 April
1996, 3/

      Taking into account the report of the independent expert of the
Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Haiti,
Mr. Adama Dieng, 4/ appointed to assist the Government of Haiti in
the area of human rights, to consider the development of the human
rights situation in that country and to verify compliance by it with
its obligations in that field, and the recommendations contained in
that report,

      Recognizing the important contributions of the International
Civilian Mission to Haiti, the United Nations Support Mission in Haiti
and the National Commission for Truth and Justice in the establishment
of a climate of freedom and tolerance propitious to the respect for
human rights and the restoration and spread of democracy in Haiti,

      Welcoming the renewal by the General Assembly in its resolution
50/86 C of 29 August 1996 of the mandate of the International Civilian
Mission to Haiti,

      Welcoming also the improvements in the situation of human rights
in Haiti, and noting the policy statements by Haitian authorities that
the Government of Haiti remains committed to upholding human rights
and improving accountability,

      Expressing concern at the increase in common crime, and noting
the continuing need for technical training of the Haitian National
Police and for strengthening of the judicial system,

      Expressing its satisfaction with the invitation to visit the
country extended by the Government of Haiti to the Special Rapporteur
of the Commission on Human Rights on violence against women, its
causes and consequences,

      Considering the request of the Government of Haiti for technical
assistance and advisory services in the field of human rights
addressed to the Centre for Human Rights of the Secretariat,

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

      2.    Welcomes the satisfactory evolution of the political process
in Haiti and the holding of presidential elections on 17 December
1995, which permitted the first transfer of power between two
democratically elected Presidents;

      3.    Takes note of the report of the independent expert of the
Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Haiti
and the conclusions and recommendations contained therein; 4/

      4.    Expresses its concern about recent and other persistent
security challenges to Haitian society caused, inter alia, by
difficult economic and social conditions, which threaten progress in
the field of human rights and democratic stability in the country;

      5.    Welcomes the report of the National Commission for Truth and
Justice, as well as reports by the International Civilian Mission to
Haiti on Haitian justice and on respect for human rights by the
Haitian National Police, and urges the Government of Haiti to
undertake appropriate follow-up action on the recommendations
contained in these reports, with the support of the international
community;

      6.    Supports the Government of Haiti's ongoing process of reform
of the judicial system, including instructions in international human
rights law and human rights;

      7.    Requests the international community, including the United
Nations Development Programme, to continue providing funds for the
reform of the judicial system and for those activities that contribute
to the social and economic development of Haitian society;

      8.    Encourages the international community to contribute
generously to the United Nations trust fund for the Haitian National
Police, which will be needed to respond to the request of the
Government of Haiti for a technical adviser programme;

      9.    Welcomes the establishment of the programme of technical
cooperation prepared by the Centre for Human Rights aimed at
strengthening institutional capacity in the field of human rights, in
particular in the areas of legislative reform, training of justice
administration personnel and human rights education, and requests the
Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of this
programme to the General Assembly at its fifty-second session;

      10.   Invites the international community, including the Bretton
Woods institutions, to continue their involvement in the
reconstruction and development of Haiti;

      11.   Invites the Special Rapporteur on violence against women,
its causes and consequences to consider favourably the invitation to
visit the country extended to him by the Government of Haiti, with the
support of the United Nations Population Fund;

      12.   Decides to continue its consideration of the situation of
human rights and fundamental freedoms in Haiti at its fifty-second
session.


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Resolution 217 A (III).

2/    Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

3/    See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1996,
Supplement No. 3 (E/1996/23), chap. II, sect. A.

4/    E/CN.4/1996/94.

 

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