November 6, 1962: United Nations Condemns Apartheid
50 years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that condemned the racist apartheid policies of South Africa and encouraged all its member nations to cease economic and military relations with the country.
Apartheid, South Africa’s government-sanctioned racial segregation, was in effect in from 1948 to 1993. This extreme segregation mandated political and economic discrimination against South Africa’s non-whites, who constitute the majority of the country’s population.
Explore Masterpiece’s “Apartheid Timeline,” which highlights events that both strengthened and weakened apartheid.
Photo: A policeman checks the identity card of a black citizen, South Africa 1960. (Getty Images)