STATEMENT BY GEORGE M. HOUSER TO THE AD HOC WORKING OF EXPERTS Established under resolution 2 (XXIII) and 2 (XXIV) of the Commission on Human Rights
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, Fall 1969?
American Committee on Africa
Houser expresses appreciation for the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts established under resolution 2 (XXIII) and 2 (XXIV) of the Commission on Human Rights; he also mentions the United Nations Committee of 24 and the Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid. Houser discusses Prime Minister Vorster, trade, investment, technical advice, sports, cultural activities and tourism. He points to vast amounts on propaganda in Western countries being paid for by South Africa, Rhodesia and Portugal. Houser says U.S. bankers have argued that the policy of disengagement which the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) supports would ruin their opportunity to influence South Africa to reform apartheid. However, ACOA argues that, as American trade and investment has grown since the Nationalist Party came to power in 1948, the political and social situation has worsened. The statement discusses the General Laws Amendment Act and the Bureau of State Security (BOSS). Houser discusses the prison population and the pass laws and people who have died in prison, including Nicodimus Kgoathe, Caleb Mayekiso and James Lenkoe. He also discusses Desmond Francis and intimidation against Joel Carlson, the distinguished attorney who helped defend many people charged under the Terrorism Act. The statement says resolutions of the UN General Assembly have declared that freedom fighters captured by the colonial and racist regimes of southern Africa should be treated as prisoners of war in accordance with the Geneva Conventions of 1949. [Note on date: The statement says BOSS was established "on June 30 of this year"; it was established in 1969.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive