United Nations Security Council Resolution 181

UN Security Council
Resolution 181
Date August 7 1963
Meeting no. 1056
Code S/5386 (Document)
Subject Question relating to the policies of apartheid of the Government of the Republic of South Africa
Voting summary
9 voted for
None voted against
2 abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council Resolution 181, adopted on August 7, 1963, was concerned with an arms build-up by the Republic of South Africa and fears that those arms might be used to further the racial conflict in that country. The Council called upon the government of South Africa to abandon its policy of apartheid, as first requested to by Resolution 134 (1960), and called upon all states to voluntarily cease the sale and shipment of all arms, ammunition and other military equipment to South Africa.

The resolution was adopted by nine votes to none; France and the United Kingdom abstained. However, the resolution had little immediate effect on the conduct of the regime in South Africa.[1]

See also


  1. Hilaire, Max (2005). United Nations law and the Security Council. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-7546-4489-7.
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