1995/8. Violations of human rights in southern Africa:
report of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts

The Commission on Human Rights,

Recalling its resolutions 1993/9 of 26 February 1993 and 1994/10 of 18 February 1994,

Recalling also General Assembly resolution 48/258 of 23 June 1994 and Security Council resolution 919 (1994) of 25 May 1994,

Taking note with appreciation of the final report of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on southern Africa (E/CN.4/1995/23),

Recalling the contributions made over the decades by the United Nations, the Commission on Human Rights, States Members of the United Nations, regional and non-governmental organizations and the international community as a whole to the efforts leading to the end of apartheid,

Noting with great satisfaction the establishment of a united, non-racial and democratic government in South Africa,

1. Expresses its profound satisfaction at the entry into force of South Africa's new Constitution on 27 April 1994, the holding of democratic elections from 26 to 29 April 1994, the convening of South Africa's new Parliament on 5 May 1994 and the installation on 10 May 1994 of its President and Government of National Unity;

2. Congratulates all South Africans and their political leaders on their success in bringing apartheid to an end and in laying, through broad-based negotiations, the foundations for a new, non-racial and democratic South Africa with equal and guaranteed rights for all;

3. Notes the importance of actions taken by the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council, which have contributed significantly to the end of apartheid and the establishment of a democratic and united, non-racial South Africa;

4. Commends the Organization of African Unity, the Commonwealth, the European Union and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries for their support to the process of peaceful change culminating in the elections;

5. Expresses its appreciation to the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on southern Africa for the important role it has played in support of the efforts to eliminate apartheid in South Africa and to establish a non-racial and democratic society in that country;

6. Considers that the mandate of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts has been successfully concluded, and decides to terminate it as of the date of adoption of the present resolution;

7. Decides to remove from the agenda of its fifty-second session the item entitled "Violations of human rights in southern Africa: report of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts".
29th meeting
17 February 1995
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. V. E/CN.4/1995/176]


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