Why Congress Should Restore U.S. Compliance with U.N. Sanctions Against Rhodesia by Passing H.R. 8005 and S. 1868
by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, apparently October or November 1973
Congress in 1971 passed the "Byrd Amendment" which permitted open violation of United Nations sanctions against Rhodesia. This law, Section 10 of the Strategic and Critical Stock Piling Act, provided that the President may not prohibit or regulate the importation of "strategic and critical" materials from non-Communist countries as long as importation of such materials from Communist countries was not barred by law. • Our national security does not require us to break sanctions • The Byrd Amendment has not saved U.S. jobs; it threatens to eliminate jobs in our domestic ferrochrome industry • Restoration of sanctions will not lead to harmful consequences for the stainless steel industry • Breaking sanctions may mean that independent black-ruled African countries will deny their trade and resources to the United States • Sanctions, if restored and strengthened, can place significant pressure on the illegal Rhodesian regime for a peaceful transition to majority rule
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root