DECLARATION ON THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN
AND CHILDREN IN EMERGENCY AND ARMED
Resolution 3318 (XXIX) of the United Nations General Assembly adopted on 14 December 1974
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The present declaration originated in the UN Commission on the Status of Women and was recommended to the General Assembly by the Economic and Social Council.
AUTHENTIC TEXTS: Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish.
TEXT PUBLISHED IN: Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly during its Twenty-Ninth Session, Vol. 1, 17 September-18 December 1974, General Assembly Official Records: Twenty-ninth Session Supplement No. 31 (A/9631), New York, United Nations, 1975, p. 146 (Engl. — see also Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish editions); Human Rights — A Compilation of International Instruments, Vol. I (First Part), New York, United Nations, 1993, pp. 167–169 (Engl.); Droits de l'homme — Recueil d'instruments internationaux, New York, Nations Unies, 1988, pp. 370–372 (French); Derechos Humanos — Recopilación de instrumentos internacionales, Nueva York, Naciones Unidas, 1988, pp. 369–371 (Span.); Prava cheloveka — Sbornik mezhdunarodnykh dokumentov, Nyu York, OON, 1989, pp. 420–422 (Russ.); Droit des conflits armés, pp. 331–333 (French); UN website: http://www.unhcr.ch.
The General Assembly,
Having considered the recommendation of the Economic and Social Council contained in its resolution 1861 (LVI) of 16 May 1974,
Expressing its deep concern over the sufferings of women and children belonging to the civilian population who in periods of emergency and armed conflict in the struggle for peace, self-determination, national liberation and independence are too often the victims of inhuman acts and consequently suffer serious harm,
Aware of the suffering of women and children in many areas of the world, especially in those areas subject to suppression, aggression, colonialism, racism, alien domination and foreign subjugation,
Deeply concerned by the fact that, despite general and unequivocal condemnation, colonialism, racism and alien and foreign domination continue to subject many peoples under their yoke, cruelly suppressing the national liberation movements and inflicting heavy losses and incalculable sufferings on the populations under their domination, including women and children,
Deploring the fact that grave attacks are still being made on fundamental freedoms and the dignity of the human person and that colonial and racist foreign domination Powers continue to violate international humanitarian law.