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A/RES/51/196


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

13 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 37


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.63 and Add.1)]


            51/196.  The situation of democracy and human
                     rights in Haiti


      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the item entitled "The situation of democracy
and human rights in Haiti",

      Recalling all its relevant resolutions, as well as those adopted
on the question by the Security Council, the Economic and Social
Council and the Commission on Human Rights,

      Taking note of the relevant resolutions adopted on the question
by the Organization of American States,

      Reaffirming that the goal of the international community remains
the full observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the
promotion of social and economic development in Haiti,

      Paying tribute to the Haitian people in their ongoing quest for a
strong and lasting democracy, justice and economic prosperity,

      Reaffirming its support to the people and the Government of Haiti
and for their efforts to advance democracy, respect for human rights
and the reconstruction of Haiti,

      Strongly supporting the continuing leadership of the Secretary-
General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of the
Organization of American States in the efforts of the international
community in furthering political progress in Haiti,

      Welcoming the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations
Support Mission in Haiti and the contributions of the Special
Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his
staff,

      Welcoming also the continued efforts by States to provide
humanitarian assistance and technical cooperation to the people of
Haiti,

      Supporting fully the contribution of the International Civilian
Mission to Haiti, its Executive Director and staff, and of the United
Nations Support Mission in Haiti in the establishment of a climate of
freedom and tolerance propitious to the full observance of human
rights and the full restoration of the constitutional democracy of
Haiti, and encouraging the International Civilian Mission to continue
to cooperate with the United Nations Support Mission and others
participating in institution-building, including police training
activities,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti and the request from
the President of the Republic of Haiti to the Secretary-General of the
United Nations contained in the annex thereto,

      Welcoming the continuing improvement 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,

      1.    Welcomes the recommendation of the Secretary-General
contained in his report 1/ to renew the mandate of the joint
participation of the United Nations with the Organization of American
States in the International Civilian Mission to Haiti, with the tasks
of:

      (a)   Verifying full observance by Haiti of human rights and
fundamental freedoms;

      (b)   Providing technical assistance at the request of the
Government of Haiti in the field of institution-building, such as the
training of the police or the establishment of an impartial judiciary;

      (c)   Supporting the development of a programme for the promotion
and protection of human rights, in order to further the establishment
of a climate of freedom and tolerance propitious to the consolidation
of long-term constitutional democracy in Haiti and to contribute to
the strengthening of democratic institutions;

      2.    Decides to authorize, on the basis of the above
recommendation, the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations
component of the International Civilian Mission to Haiti until 31 July
1997, according to the terms of reference and modalities under which
the Mission is operating, with the possibility of a further decision
to renew the Mission until 31 December 1997, based upon the report of
the Secretary-General mentioned in paragraph 3 below;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly regular reports on the implementation of the present
resolution, including a report to be submitted not later than 30 June
1997 on the mandate and further extension of the International
Civilian Mission to Haiti, taking into consideration the
recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General to be
submitted to the Security Council by 31 March 1997 on the United
Nations Support Mission in Haiti;

      4.    Reaffirms once again the commitment of the international
community to continue its technical, economic and financial
cooperation with Haiti in support of its economic and social
development efforts and in order to strengthen Haitian institutions
responsible for dispensing justice and guaranteeing democracy, respect
for human rights, political stability and economic development;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue to coordinate the
efforts of the United Nations system in providing humanitarian aid and
contributing to the development of Haiti;

      6.    Decides to keep under review at its fifty-first session the
item entitled "The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti".

                                                          87th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996


                                     Note

1/    A/51/703.

 

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