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Resolution 610

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Resolution 610 (1988) of 16 March 1988
The Security Council,

Recalling its resolutions 503 (1982) of 9 April 1982, 525 (1982) of 7 December 1982, 533 (1983) of 7 June 1983
and 547 (1984) of 13 January 1984 in which, inter alia, it expressed its grave concern that the Pretoria regime's
practice of sentencing to death and executing its opponents has adverse consequences on the search for a peaceful
resolution of the South African situation,
Gravely concerned at the deteriorating situation in South Africa, the worsening human suffering resulting from
the apartheid system and, inter alia, the South African regime's renewed state of emergency, its imposition on 24
February 1988 of severe restrictions on eighteen anti-apartheid and labour organizations and eighteen individuals
committed to peaceful forms of struggle and the harassment and detention of church leaders on 29 February, all
of which further undermine the possibilities of a peaceful resolution of the South African situation,
Having considered the question of the death sentences passed on 12 December 1985 in South Africa on Mojalefa
Reginald Sefatsa, Reid Malebo Mokoena, Oupa Moses Diniso, Theresa Ramashamola, Duma Joseph Khumalo and Francis
Don Mokhesi, known as the Sharpeville Six, as well as the decision to execute them on Friday, 18 March 1988,
Conscious that the Court proceedings of the Sharpeville Six show that none of the six young South Africans
convicted of murder was found by the Court to have caused the actual death of the Councillor and that they were
convicted of murder and sentenced to death only because the Court found that they had a "common purpose" with
the actual perpetrators,
Deeply concerned at the Pretoria regime's decision to execute the Sharpeville Six on Friday, 18 March 1988, in
defiance of world-wide appeals,
Convinced that these executions, if carried out, will further inflame an already grave situation in South Africa,
1. Calls upon the South African authorities to stay execution and commute the death sentences imposed on the
Sharpeville Six;
2. Urges all States and organizations to use their influence and take urgent measures, in conformity with the
Charter of the United Nations, the resolutions of the Security Council and relevant international instruments,
to save the lives of the Sharpeville Six.

Adopted unanimously at the 2799th meeting.

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