Thirty Years of USA Vetoes

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The UN Security Council is presently discussing both the attempt by the USA to garner official support for it's occupation of Iraq, and Syria's attempt to pass a resolution criticising Israel's recent illegal air strike against Damascus. While the USA would condemn anyone vetoing the former, it has itself threatened to veto the latter. At this point, it's worth reminding ourselves of the seventy-seven times the USA has used its veto against proposed resolutions inside the Security Council over the last thirty years.

Oct 15th 2003

UNSC latest on Draft Resolution

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel for building an expansionist wall within occupied Palestinian territory.


Sep 16th 2003

Draft Resolution No. - S/2003/891

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning the decision in principle by the Israeli government to forcibly remove the elected Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, from the Occupied Territories.


Dec 20th 2002

Draft Resolution No. - S/2002/1384

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning the killing by Israeli forces of several United Nations employees and the destruction of the World Food Programme warehouse.


Jun 30th 2002

Draft Resolution No. - S/2002/1420

Who they protected - USA

On the renewal of the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and the immunity of US peacekeepers from ICC jurisdiction.


Dec 14th2001

Draft Resolution No. - S/2001/1199

Who they protected - Israel

Demanding withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian territory, and condemning extra-judicial killing and terrorism against civilians.


Mar 27th 2001

Draft Resolution No. - S/2001/270

Who they protected - Israel

Calling for a UN observer force to protect Palestinian civilians.


Mar 21st 1997

Draft Resolution No. - S/1997/241

Who they protected - Israel

Demanding Israel's immediate cessation of construction at Jabal Abu Ghneim in East Jerusalem.


Mar 7th 1997

Draft Resolution No. - S/1997/199

Who they protected - Israel

Calling upon Israel to refrain from East Jerusalem settlement activities.


May 17th 1995

Draft Resolution No. - S/1995/394

Who they protected - Israel

Demanding that Israel stops expropriating Palestinian land in East Jerusalem.


May 31st 1995

Draft Resolution No. - S/21326

Who they protected - Israel

Establishing a Commission to examine the occupation policies of Israel in Palestinian territory.


Jan 17th 1990

Draft Resolution No. - S/21084

Who they protected - USA

Condemning the forced search of the residence of the Ambassador of Nicaragua in Panama by USA military forces.


Dec 23rd 1989

Draft Resolution No. - S/21048

Who they protected - USA

Condemning the invasion by USA of Panama, and demanding their immediate withdrawal from the country.


Nov 7th 1989

Draft Resolution No. - S/20945/Rev.1

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel's policies and practices against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories, calling upon Israel to end such practices.


Jun 9th 1989

Draft Resolution No. - S/20677

Who they protected - Israel

Demanding that Israel desist from deporting Palestinians from the occupied territories, expressing concern about the prolonged closure of schools in parts of the area.


Feb 17th 1989

Draft Resolution No. - S/20463

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel's persistent policies and practices against the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territories; calling on Israel to abide by Security Council resolutions and comply with the Fourth Geneva Convention.


Jan 11th 1989

Draft Resolution No. - S/20378

Who they protected - USA

Condemning the downing of two Libyan reconnaissance planes by the USA, calling on the US to suspend its military activity off the Libyan coast.


Dec 14th 1988

Draft Resolution No. - S/20322

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning the attack by Israeli forces on 9 December 1988 against Lebanese territory, and reaffirmed urgent need to implement Security Council resolutions 425, 426, and 509 on Israeli military withdrawal to internationally recognised boundaries.


May 10th 1988

Draft Resolution No. - S/19868

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning the recent invasion by Israeli forces of southern Lebanon, reaffirming the urgent need to implement Security Council resolutions 425, 426, and 509 on Israeli military withdrawal to internationally recognised boundaries.


Apr 15th 1988

Draft Resolution No. - S/19780

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinians, urging Israel to abide by the Geneva Convention, and to rescind orders to deport Palestinians.


Mar 8th 1988

Draft Resolution No. - S/19585

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Deciding, under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, to adopt a number of economic measures against South Africa because of its apartheid policies.


Feb 1st 1988

Draft Resolution No. - S/19466

Who they protected - Israel

Calling on Israel to accept the legal applicability of the Geneva Convention to the Occupied Territories, and to comply with obligations under the Convention.


Jan 18th 1988

Draft Resolution No. - S/19434

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israeli attacks against Lebanese territory and civilian population, reaffirming the need to implement Security Council resolutions 425, 426, and 509 on Israeli military withdrawal to internationally recognised boundaries.


Apr 9th 1987

Draft Resolution No. - S/18785

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Deciding, under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, to impose comprehensive mandatory sanctions against South Africa, because of its continued illegal occupation of Namibia.


Feb 2nd 1987

Draft Resolution No. - S/18705

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Declaring that the refusal, by South Africa to comply with the decisions of the Security Council constituted a direct challenge to the authority of the United Nations, deciding to impose sanctions under Chapter VII of the Charter.


Oct 28th 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/18428

Who they protected - USA

Calling on USA to fully comply with the Judgement of the International Court of Justice ruling, which demands the end to all USA-inspired military and paramilitary in and against Nicaragua.


Jul 31st 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/18250

Who they protected - USA

Calling on USA to fully comply with the Judgement of the International Court of Justice ruling, which demands the end to all USA-inspired military and paramilitary in and against Nicaragua.


Jun 18th 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/18163

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning South Africa for its recent attack on Angola, calling upon all states to implement fully the arms embargo (in resolution SCR 418 of 1977), and deciding to impose selective sanctions against South Africa.


May 23rd 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/18087/Rev.1

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning South Africa for the recent military raids into Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, demanding full compensation, and deciding to impose selective sanctions against South Africa.


Apr 21st 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/18016/Rev.1

Who they protected - USA

Condemning the armed attack on Iraq by USA, in violation of the UN Charter and the norms of international conduct


Feb 6th 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/17796/Rev.1

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel for its forcible interception and diversion, and subsequent detention, of a Libyan civilian aircraft in international airspace.


Jan 30th 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/17769/Rev.1

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning the provocative acts by Israel that violated the sanctity of the sanctuary of Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem.


Jan 17th 1986

Draft Resolution No. - S/17730/Rev.2

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel's violence and other measures against the civilian population in Southern Lebanon, demanding that Israel implement a military withdrawal to Lebanon's internationally recognised boundaries.


Nov 15th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17633

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning South Africa for its continued illegal occupation of Namibia, deciding to adopt a number of economic and political enforcement measures against South Africa


Sep 13th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17459

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning the repressive measures taken by Israel against Palestinians, calling for these to stop immediately and for release of all detainees.


Jul 26th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17354/Rev.1

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Warning South Africa that failure to establish universal suffrage would lead to measures to ensure South Africa's compliance with relevant United Nations resolutions and decisions


May 10th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17172/Para.2

Who they protected - USA

Calling on USA to refrain from destabilising Nicaragua by the imposition of unilateral trade embargoes incompatible with the provisions of the UN Charter.


May 10th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17172/Para.1

Who they protected - USA

Regretting the imposition of the trade embargo and other coercive sanctions by USA on Nicaragua, calling for their removal.


May 10th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17172/Preamble

Who they protected - USA

Expressing concern about increased tensions in Central America recently aggravated by the USA trade embargo and other coercive sanctions against Nicaragua.


Mar 12th 1985

Draft Resolution No. - S/17000

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israeli measures against the civilian population in Southern Lebanon, demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Israeli forces to internationally recognised boundaries, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 425, 426, and 509.


Sep 6th 1984

Draft Resolution No. - S/16732

Who they protected - Israel

Calling on Israel to respect the rights of the civilian population in the areas under its occupation in Lebanon, demanding that Israel lift all restrictions in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.


Apr 4th 1984

Draft Resolution No. - S/16463

Who they protected - USA

Calling for an immediate end to the mining by USA forces of the main ports of Nicaragua, calling on USA to refrain from carrying out, supporting or promoting any type of military action against any state of the region.


Oct 27th 1983

Draft Resolution No. - S/16077/Rev.1

Who they protected - USA

Condemning the USA invasion of Grenada, and called for USA's immediate withdrawal of it troops from the country.


Aug 2nd 1983

Draft Resolution No. - S/15895

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning recent attacks by Israel against Palestinian civilian population, determining that Israeli practices and policies in establishing settlements in the Occupied Territories, including Jerusalem, had no legal validity.


Aug 6th 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/15347/Rev.1

Who they protected - Israel

Demanding that member states should withhold military aid to Israel until it withdraws from Lebanon, condemning Israel for not implementing UN Security Council resolutions 516 and 517 demanding such a withdrawal.


Jun 26th 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/15255/Rev.2

Who they protected - Israel

Demanding the immediate cessation of hostilities in Lebanon, and the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces to 10km from Beirut and the withdrawal of Palestinian forces to existing camps, requesting UN Secretary-General to station UN military observers.

Jun 8th 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/15185

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel for not complying with previous resolutions demanding withdrawal of troops from Lebanon, reiterating the demand for unconditional Israeli withdrawal.


Jun 4th 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/15156/Rev.2

Who they protected - UK

Requesting both parties to engage in an immediate cease fire and to implement UN Security Council resolutions 502 and 505 condemning the Argentinian invasion but calling for negotiation.


Apr 20th 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/14985

Who they protected - Israel

Calling on Israel to observe and apply the Fourth Geneva Convention, condemning its acts of destruction and profanation in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.


Apr 2nd 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/14943

Who they protected - Israel

Calling on Israel to rescind decisions disbanding a municipal council and removing from office two mayors in the Occupied Territories in contravention with the Fourth Geneva Convention


Apr 2nd 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/14941

Who they protected - USA

Appealing to all member states to refrain from direct or indirect aggression against any country of Central America and the Caribbean, including Nicaragua.


Jan 20th 1982

Draft Resolution No. - S/14832/Rev.1

Who they protected - Israel

Deciding that all Member States should consider applying measures to nullify the Israeli annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights.


Aug 31st 1981

Draft Resolution No. - S/14664/Rev.2

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning the unprovoked invasion of Angola by South Africa, calling for material assistance for Angola, and deciding to send a Commission of Investigation, comprising five Security Council members.


Apr 30th 1981

Draft Resolution No. - S/14462

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Calling for mandatory arms embargo against South Africa, because of its activities in Namibia.


Apr 30th 1981

Draft Resolution No. - S/ 14461

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Deciding to impose a mandatory embargo on petroleum supply to South Africa and occupied Namibia, because of South Africa's invasion of the country.


Apr 30th 1981

Draft Resolution No. - S/14460/Rev.1

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Deciding that all states should sever all diplomatic, consular and trade relations with South Africa, because of its invasion of Namibia.


Apr 30th 1981

Draft Resolution No. - S/14459

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning South Africa for its continued illegal occupation of Namibia, deciding to adopt economic and political sanctions, an oil embargo, and arms embargo.


Apr 30th 1980

Draft Resolution No. - S/13911

Who they protected - Israel

Reaffirming that Israel should withdraw from all occupied territories including Jerusalem, and affirming that the Palestinians' right to self-determination includes the right to establish an independent state in Palestine.


Oct 31st 1977

Draft Resolution No. - S/12312/Rev.1

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Deciding that all States should cease sale and shipment of arms to South Africa, and should refrain from co-operation with South Africa in nuclear development.


Oct 31st 1977

Draft Resolution No. - S/12311/Rev.1

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Deciding that all States should cease sale and shipment of arms to South Africa and refrain from co-operation in the country's nuclear development.


Oct 31st 1977

Draft Resolution No. - S/12310/Rev.1

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Affirming that South Africa's apartheid policies are in defiance of resolutions adopted by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, calling on South Africa to bring itself into conformity.


Nov 15th 1976

Draft Resolution No. - S/12226

Who they protected - USA

Application of membership of the UN from Socialist Republic of Vietnam.


Oct 19th 1976

Draft Resolution No. - S/12211

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning South Africa's failure to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 385, calling for an embargo against, and end to military cooperation with the country, and demanding an end to South African policy of Bantustans.


Jun 29th 1976

Draft Resolution No. - S/12119

Who they protected - Israel

Affirming the inalienable rights of the Palestine people to self-determination, including the right to return of refugees and national independence and sovereignty in Palestine.


Jun 23rd 1976

Draft Resolution No. - S/12110

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Application for membership of the UN from Angola.


Mar 25th 1976

Draft Resolution No. - S/12022

Who they protected - Israel

Calling Israel to respect and uphold the inviolability of Holy Places, and desist from actions designed to change the legal status of Jerusalem, and desist from establishing settlements in the Occupied Territories.


Jan 25th 1976

Draft Resolution No. - S/11940

Who they protected - Israel

Affirming that Israel should withdraw from the Occupied Territories, and the Palestinian right to establish an independent state in Palestine.


Dec 8th 1975

Draft Resolution No. - S/11898

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel for its air attacks on Lebanon.


Sep 30th 1975

Draft Resolution No. - S/11833

Who they protected - USA

Application for UN membership from North Vietnam.


Sep 30th 1975

Draft Resolution No. - S/11832

Who they protected - USA

Application for UN membership from South Vietnam.


Aug 11th 1975

Draft Resolution No. - S/11796

Who they protected - USA

Application for membership from North Vietnam.


Aug 11th 1975

Draft Resolution No. - S/11795

Who they protected - USA

Application for membership from South Vietnam.


Jun 6th 1975

Draft Resolution No. - S/11713

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Condemning South Africa's illegal occupation of Namibia, and deciding upon an embargo on military equipment to South Africa .


Oct 30th 1974

Draft Resolution No. - S/11543

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Recommending to the UN General Assembly the expulsion from the UN of South Africa.


Jul 26th 1974

Draft Resolution No. - S/10974

Who they protected - Israel

Condemning Israel's continuing occupation of territories seized in the 1967 conflict, expressing the conviction that a just solution to the problem could be achieved only on the basis of respect for the rights of all states in the area and the rights and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians.


May 22nd 1974

Draft Resolution No. - S/10928

Who they protected - Apartheid South Africa

Imposing sanctions against South Africa, Mozambique and Angola, and extending the blockade to the port of Laurenco Marques.


Mar 21st 1974

Draft Resolution No. - S/10931/Rev.1

Who they protected - USA

Urging Panama and United States to conclude a new treaty respecting Panama's effective sovereignty.


Sep 10th 1972

Draft Resolution No. - S/10784

Who they protected - Apartheid Rhodesia

Reaffirming the principle that there must be no independence for Southern Rhodesia before the establishment of universal suffrage.


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