Yearbook of the United Nations 1993

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.




During 1993, the United Nations intensified its efforts to assist the transformation of South Africa into a united, democratic and non-racial society and the eradication of the legacies of the apartheid system. Those ambitions, however, were constantly threatened by a hostile climate of political and ethnic mistrust and the unprecedented escalation of violence, resulting in much loss of innocent lives. The assassination, on 10 April, of Chris Hani, General Secretary of the South African Communist Party, caused widespread unrest. The Security Council condemned that assassination. The General Assembly urged the South African authorities to halt such violence and to protect all South Africans while bringing to justice those responsible (resolution 48/159 A). The Economic and Social Council demanded the release of any political prisoners and detainees and appealed to the international community to support the critical process under way (1993/13).


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