The U.S. Must Support The United Nations Trust Fund For South Africa

PRIORITY ACTION PROJECT NO. I
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about June or July 1967
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The pamphlet says U.S. investors in South Africa earned $100 million in 1965. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has refused to make any donation to the U.N. Trust Fund for South Africa, even though it voted in favor of establishing the Fund. That vote occurred in December 1965 in the United Nations General Assembly, with 95 in favor, one against (South Africa), and one abstention (Portugal). The purpose of the Fund is to make grants to voluntary organizations that can distribute funds within South Africa, to governments of host countries of refugees from South Africa, and to other appropriate bodies. The pamphlet says funds are to go towards legal aid to those charged under apartheid laws, relief for dependents of persons persecuted by the laws, education of prisoners, their children and dependents; and relief for refugees from South Africa. The pamphlet says some 8,000 political prisoners are in South African jails; countless others have been "banned" (consigned to civil death) and deported to "transit camps" in remote districts. Whipping is a legally sanctioned form of extra punishment, as are long periods of solitary confinement. The Committee of Trustees that administers the U.N. Fund is composed of Sverker C. Astrom (Chairman, Sweden), J. C. Iyalla (Vice Chairman, Nigeria), Javier Illanes (Chile), S. A. Pasha (Pakistan), and Dey Quid Sidi Baba (Morocco). The pamphlet asks people to send letters to The Honorable Arthur J. Goldberg, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; The Honorable Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; The Honorable Joseph Palmer II, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; and their Congressman and Senators. • IN A NUTSHELL • BACKGROUND • NEEDS • Legal defense • Aid to families • Education for prisoners in jail • FUND TRUSTEES • CONTRIBUTIONS • ROLE OF THE U.S. • WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root