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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.
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Chapter 106: UN: Inernational Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, 1973


106. UN: International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, 1973 Commentary: The Apartheid Convention (1015 UNTS 243, entry into force 1976) defines the constituent elements of the offence. For the first UN hearings on commercial roles and responsibilities within South Africa, see UNCTC (1986), UN Doc ST/CTC/68: Reports of the Panel of Eminent Persons and of the SecretaryGeneral (Vol 1); Verbatim Records (Vol 2); Statements and Submissions (Vol 3); and Policy Instruments and Statements (Vol 4). For the second hearings during 1989, see UNCTC (1990), UN Doc ST/CTC/102: Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons & Background Documentation (Vol 1); and Statements and Submissions (Vol 2). For the activities and operations of corporations within Namibia and their contribution to South Africa’s illegal occupation, see UN Secretary-General (1985), Report, UN Doc E/C.10/AC.4/1985/6. For the responsibilities of their home governments, see UNCTC (1986), UN Doc ST/CTC/84. For intergovernmental responses (including invalidity and non-recognition of property titles and contractual non-enforcement), see UN Council for Namibia Decree No 1 (1974) for the Protection of the Natural Resources of Namibia, UN Doc A/35/24 (Vol 1, Annex 2) as affirmed by UNGA Resolution 3295 (1974), 35/277 (1981), 39/50A (1984) and Security Council Resolution 301 (1971); UN Commissioner for Namibia (1986), ‘Report on the Implementation of Decree No 1 for the Protection of the Natural Resources: Study of the Possibility of Instituting Legal Proceedings in the Domestic Courts of States’, American Journal of International Law, 80 (2), 442–91. For national legislative measures,...

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