Security Council Criticizes New Restrictions in South Africa With AM-South Africa
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The U.N. Security Council expressed ″strong indignation″ Thursday at new South African restrictions on anti-apartheid actions.
The new regulations, imposed by South African police, prohibit organized appeals or campaigns to release detainees.
″The members of the council call on the South African authorities to revoke the decree of 10 April 1987,″ the 15-nation council’s president, Ambassador Boris Tsvetkov of Bulgaria, said in a statement.
The statement, which council members approved in private consultations Wednesday and Thursday, said the restrictions are ″contrary to fundamental human rights as envisaged in the Charter of the United Nations and can only aggravate the situation further in South Africa.″
The regulations have been widely criticized in South Africa. The government has said they are intended primarily to block organized protests on behalf of detainees.
South African U.N. Ambassador Leslie Manley refused comment Thursday on the Security Council’s statement, saying any reaction would have to come from his government’s leaders in Pretoria.
Under the apartheid system, South Africa’s 24 million blacks have no vote in national affairs while the 5 million whites control the government economy and maintain separate districts, schools and health services.
Thursday’s Security Council statement repeated a condemnation of apartheid and again called on South Africa to free all political prisoners and detainees.
A South African Supreme Court judge in Durban, Justice R.N. Leon, on Thursday set an April 28 hearing date for an application challenging the validity of some of the new restrictions.