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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 12. 1966.

Sanctions call by NZUSA

Sanctions call by NZUSA

NZUSA is to urge the Government to use its voice and vote in the United Nations to apply full-scale economic sanctions against Rhodesia.

The Motion, which was moved by Victoria and Auckland stressed the racial discrimination in Rhodesia in "land, employment, education and political rights." In two other clauses strong disapproval was stated at the censorship of the press, the imprisonment of political opponents and the apparent desire of the rebel regime to retain absolute political power for the white minority race in perpetuity.

This was one of the most strongly worded policy statements made during Winter Council and full agreement was not reached by all the delegates. Canterbury abstained from the motion as a whole and Otago and Waikato attempted to pass an amendment to withdraw a clause which stated that the United Nations be urged to extend economic sanctions to any country which does not apply them to Rhodesia.

Mr. Pezaro of Otago said that delegates must be realistic if they hoped to get any action and that this clause had no hope of being applied by anyone. However, the full motion was passed. It was strongly supported by Auckland, Massey and Victoria, who condemned the white minority regime as "illegal and inimical" to the principle of universal suffrage. The motion states that the regime of the Smith Government "constitutes a threat to peace and a betrayal of human rights."