A Report on the United Nations International Seminar on the Eradication of Apartheid and in Support of the Struggle for Liberation in South Africa - Havana, Cuba - May, 24-28
by George M. Houser, Raphael Gould, American Committee on Africa
with Alan Paton
New York, New York
Undated, about late June 1976
American Committee on Africa
The report says the Special Committee on Apartheid’s decision to hold the seminar in Cuba was made before the internal conflict in Angola reached prominence and before Cuban forces became involved. The report says the seminar is unique in having official delegations from both governmental and non-governmental organizations. Governmental delegations came from the 18 member states of the United Nations Committee Against Apartheid. The Committee Chairperson is the relatively new Ambassador from Nigeria, Leslie O. Harriman. The report says among liberation movements present, the most prominent were the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress coming from South Africa and the South West African Peoples Organization. Representatives of national organizations and anti-apartheid groups came from Australia and New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, France, both East and West Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Rumania, Switzerland, the Soviet Union, and the United States. U.S. groups included the American Committee on Africa, American Friends Service Committee, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility of the National Council of Churches, Liberation Support Movement, American Baptist Churches, National Conference of Black Churchmen, National Conference of Black Lawyers, National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation, and some local groups. The report says the seminar was adjourned on the afternoon of May 25, the Day of Solidarity, so representatives could participate in six rallies throughout Havana. The report includes excerpts of the final declaration, which gave prominence to the implementation of the arms embargo against South Africa. The report says the seminar noted with alarm the extent of Western nuclear collaboration with South Africa and gave prominent attention to the vast increase of investment by private foreign interests in South Africa. The report discusses Seagram's plan to construct a plant in the Kwazulu Bantustan and General Electric Company’s considering the sale of two nuclear reactors. The report discusses the Olympic Games and plans for a Rugby team from New Zealand is to go to South Africa in June. The report discusses the cultural boycott. The report discusses the visit of Prime Minister Vorster to Israel. The report includes a newspaper article "Alan Paton: South Africa."
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root