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United Nations Security Council Resolution 190

Adopted by the Security Council at its 1128th meeting, by 7 votes to none, with 4 abstentions (Brazil, France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America), on 9 June 1964

The Security Council,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 1881 (XVIII) of 11 October 1963, which condemns the Government of the Republic of South Africa for its failure to comply with the repeated resolutions of the General Assembly and of the Security Council and which requests it to abandon the arbitrary trail in progress and forthwith to grant unconditional release to all political prisoners and to all persons imprisoned, interned or subjected to other restrictions for having opposed the policy of apartheid,

Further recalling that the Security Council in its resolutions 181 (1963) of 7 August 1963 and 182 (1963) of 4 December 1963 called upon the Government of South Africa to liberate all persons imprisoned, interned or subjected to other restrictions for having opposed the policy of apartheid,

Noting with great concern that the arbitrary Rivonia trial instituted against the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement has been resumed, and that the imminent verdict to be delivered under arbitrary laws prescribing long terms of imprisonment and the death sentence may have very serious consequences,

Noting with regret that the Government of South Africa has rejected the appeal of the Secretary-General of 27 March 1964,

1. Urges the Government of South Africa:


(a) To renounce the execution of the persons sentenced to death for acts resulting from their opposition to the policy of apartheid;
(b) To end forthwith the trial in progress, instituted within the framework of the arbitrary laws of apartheid;
(c) To grant an amnesty to all persons already imprisoned, interned or subjected to other restrictions for having opposed the policy of apartheid, and perticularly to the defendants in the Rivonia trial;

2. Invites all States to exert all their influence in order to induce the Government of South Africa to comply with the provisions of the present resolution;

3. Invites the Secretary-General to follow closely the implementation of the present resolution and to report thereon to the Security Council at the earliest possible date.

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