2 October 1992

Doc. 6689

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

on the flagrant and massive violations

of human rights in former Yugoslavia

presented by Mrs HALLER and others


The Assembly,

1.       Deeply shocked by the massive, flagrant and conspicuously brutal and cruel violations of human rights in former Yugoslavia, and more particularly by the descent into barbarity to which the atrocities, the torture, the murder of civilians, the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and the hostage-taking all bear witness;

2.       More particularly deploring the large-scale deportation of entire communities, the perpetration of "ethnic cleansing" and the subjection of women, children and old people to horrifying conditions of detention in concentration camps;

3.       Considering it essential to find ways of enabling the populations concerned to redevelop understanding of one another as people and cultures;

4.       Urgently appealing to all involved for respect for humanitarian law, the reinstatement of human rights and respect for minorities' rights, all of which are requirements for membership of the Council of Europe;

5.       Referring to the Assembly's debate on 3 October 1992 and the information provided by Lord Owen, Co-Chairman of the International Conference on Peace in the former Yugoslavia,

6.       Believes that, to follow up that debate, consideration should be given to establishing a committee of enquiry into human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia and a protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights on the rights of minorities should be drawn up as a matter of urgency.

Signed:       HALLER, OEHRY, ERR, LOUTFI, GOTZEV, KARCSAY, CARO, WORMS, NUŅEZ, KIRKHILL, PETRIK, TOSHEV, STOFFELEN, FRANCK, HAGARD, BILLING, FRY, BRATINKA, GUENOV.