THE RIGHTS OF MAN
by International League for the Rights of Man
New York, New York, United States
May, June, 1967
Contents: WHAT IS THE "CAPITAL" OF SOUTH WEST AFRICA DOING IN NEW YORK? • PROPOSAL FOR A U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS JUMPS ANOTHER HURDLE • LEAGUE APPEALS TO GREEK MILITARY GOVERNMENT • The U.N. General Assembly at its Special Session, held in May and June, established a Council of Eleven to administer South West Africa until its independence - Pakistan, Nigeria, United Arab Republic, Yugoslavia, Columbia, Zambia, Turkey, Guyana, Indonesia, India, Chile. Constantin A. Stavropoulos, U.N. Legal Counselor, was appointed Acting U.N. Commissioner for South West Africa. Since the Union of South Africa, whose mandate was revoked, has refused to transfer this territory to the U.N., it appears that the new governing council will have to do all its governing from a suite in the U.N. Secretariat. The General Assembly advised South Africa to arrange to leave South West Africa, but South Africa didn't - and probably won't. The Security Council was instructed to help the Council of Eleven succeed, but it probably won’t because the Great Powers abstained from the vote that created it. Why, then, should South Africa bother to negotiate - much less even consider a transfer of power? Despite a barrage of attacks by some Member States at the session of the Economic and Social Council which finished its deliberations at U.N. headquarters in early June, the proposal for the Office of a U.N. High Commissions for Human Rights was accepted, and sent to the General Assembly.
Collection: Winifred Courtney Collection, National Archives of Namibia