Universal Realization of the Right of Peoples to Self-Determination, G.A. res. 50/139, U.N. Doc. A/RES/50/139 (1995)

     The General Assembly,
     Reaffirming the importance, for the effective guarantee and observance of
human rights, of the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-
determination enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and embodied in
the International Covenants on Human Rights, as well as in the Declaration on
the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples contained in
its resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,
     Welcoming the progressive exercise of the right to self-determination by
peoples under colonial, foreign or alien occupation and their emergence into
sovereign statehood and independence,
     Deeply concerned at the continuation of acts or threats of foreign
military intervention and occupation that are threatening to suppress, or have
already suppressed, the right to self-determination of an increasing number of
sovereign peoples and nations,
     Expressing grave concern that, as a consequence of the persistence of
such actions, millions of people have been and are being uprooted from their
homes as refugees and displaced persons, and emphasizing the urgent need for
concerted international action to alleviate their condition,
     Recalling the relevant resolutions regarding the violation of the right
of peoples to self-determination and other human rights as a result of foreign
military intervention, aggression and occupation, adopted by the Commission on
Human Rights at its thirty-sixth, thirty-seventh, thirty-eighth, thirty-ninth,
fortieth, forty-first, forty-second, forty-third, forty-fourth, forty-fifth,
forty-sixth, forty-seventh, forty-eighth, forty-ninth, fiftieth and
fifty-first sessions,
     Reaffirming its resolutions 35/35 B of 14 November 1980, 36/10 of 28
October 1981, 37/42 of 3 December 1982, 38/16 of 22 November 1983, 39/18 of 23
November 1984, 40/24 of 29 November 1985, 41/100 of 4 December 1986, 42/94 of
7 December 1987, 43/105 of 8 December 1988, 44/80 of 8 December 1989, 45/131
of 14 December 1990, 46/88 of 16 December 1991, 47/83 of 16 December 1992,
48/93 of 20 December 1993 and 49/148 of 23 December 1994,
     Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General on the right of
peoples to self-determination,
     1.   Reaffirms that the universal realization of the right of all
peoples, including those under colonial, foreign and alien domination, to
self- determination is a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and
observance of human rights and for the preservation and promotion of such
     2.   Declares its firm opposition to acts of foreign military
intervention, aggression and occupation, since these have resulted in the
suppression of the right of peoples to self-determination and other human
rights in certain parts of the world;
     3.   Calls upon those States responsible to cease immediately their
military intervention in and occupation of foreign countries and territories
and all acts of repression, discrimination, exploitation and maltreatment,
particularly the brutal and inhuman methods reportedly employed for the
execution of those acts against the peoples concerned;
     4.   Deplores the plight of the millions of refugees and displaced
persons who have been uprooted as a result of the aforementioned acts, and
reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and
     5.   Requests the Commission on Human Rights to continue to give special
attention to the violation of human rights, especially the right to self-
determination, resulting from foreign military intervention, aggression or
     6.   Requests the Secretary-General to report on this question to the
General Assembly at its fifty-first session under the item entitled "Right of
peoples to self-determination".



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