CHAIRMAN OF ANTI-APARTHEID COMMITTEE SENDS MESSAGES OF SOLIDARITY TO STRATEGY CONFERENCES IN KALAMAZOO AND NEW YORK
by United Nations
New York, New York, United States
April 11, 1980
The press release says following is the text of a message sent today by the Chairman of the Special Committee against Apartheid, B. Akporode Clark (Nigeria), to the Midwest Anti-Apartheid Strategy Conference to be held tomorrow in Kalamazoo, Michigan (United States) and to the Student Anti-Apartheid Strategy Conference, to be held tomorrow at the Columbia University Law School, New York. The message says I would like to convey to you the best greetings of the members of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid. The Special Committee commends the initiative of various student groups in the United States and assures them of its support; I wish you a most successful Anti-Apartheid Strategy Conference; I am sure that this meeting will play an important role in promoting further activities in the student anti-apartheid work. The message says reported incidents of arrests and detentions, bannings and ill-treatment of Africans and the torture and deaths of political prisoners and detainees, as well as police violence and white right-wing terror, have continued to increase up to now. The message says the activities of anti-apartheid student groups in the United States are particular importance because your country has a decisive role to play not only in implementing United Nations resolutions against the apartheid policies of South Africa, but also in bringing about effective internal changes in South Africa through cessation of further collaboration with it in the economic, nuclear, security and other fields. The message says the criminal and aggressive acts of the apartheid regime are only possible because of South Africa's ability to fuel its repressive and war machinery; therefore, collaboration with South Africa is all its fields, constitutes the main obstacle to the liquidation of the racist regime and the elimination of the inhuman criminal system of apartheid. The message says by their campaigns for divestment from South Africa and their activities against military and nuclear collaboration with South Africa, the student groups in the United States are mobilizing their societies to press for compliance with United Nations resolutions and thus for the elimination of apartheid; by their firm stand against repression and violence against the black people and by their solidarity with the liberation movement of South Africa, the student groups convince their society to live up to its proclaimed moral professions against racism and apartheid; all these activities must be intensified.