The Guardian April 2, 2003

UN resolutions vetoed by the USA: 1972-2002

1972: Condemning Israel for killing hundreds of people in Syria and Lebanon 
in air raids.

1973: Affirming the rights of the Palestinians and calling on Israel to 
withdraw from the occupied territories.

1976: Condemning Israel for attacking Lebanese civilians.

1976: Condemning Israel for building settlements in the occupied 

1976: Calling for self determination for the Palestinians.

1976: Affirming the rights of the Palestinians.

1978: Urging the permanent members (USA, USSR, UK, France, China) to insure 
United Nations decisions on the maintenance of international peace and 

1978: Criticising the living conditions of the Palestinians.

1978: Condemning the Israeli human rights record in occupied territories.

1978: Calling for developed countries to increase the quantity and quality 
of development assistance to underdeveloped countries.

1979: Calling for an end to all military and nuclear collaboration with the 
apartheid South Africa.

1979: Strengthening the arms embargo against South Africa.

1979: Offering assistance to all the oppressed people of South Africa and 
their liberation movement.

1979: Concerns over negotiations on disarmament and cessation of the 
nuclear arms race.

1979: Calling for the return of all inhabitants expelled by Israel.

1979: Demanding that Israel desist from human rights violations.

1979: Requesting a report on the living conditions of Palestinians in 
occupied Arab countries.

1979: Offering assistance to the Palestinian people.

1979: Discussing sovereignty over national resources in occupied Arab 

1979: Calling for protection of developing counties' exports.

1979: Calling for alternative approaches within the United Nations system 
for improving the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

1979: Opposing support for intervention in the internal or external affairs 
of states.

1979: For a United Nations Conference on Women.

1979: To include Palestinian women in the United Nations Conference on 

1979: Safeguarding rights of developing countries in multinational trade 

1980: Requesting Israel to return displaced persons.

1980: Condemning Israeli policy regarding the living conditions of the 
Palestinian people.

1980: Condemning Israeli human rights practices in occupied territories  
three resolutions.

1980: Affirming the right of self determination for the Palestinians.

1980: Offering assistance to the oppressed people of South Africa and their 
national liberation movement.

1980: Attempting to establish a New International Economic Order to promote 
the growth of underdeveloped countries and international economic co-

1980: Endorsing the Program of Action for Second Half of United Nations 
Decade for Women.

1980: Declaration of non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.

1980: Emphasising that the development of nations and individuals is a 
human right.

1980: Calling for the cessation of all nuclear test explosions.

1980: Calling for the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of 
Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

1981: Promoting co-operative movements in developing countries.

1981: Affirming the right of every state to choose its economic and social 
system in accord with the will of its people, without outside interference 
in whatever form it takes.

1981: Condemning activities of foreign economic interests in colonial 

1981: Calling for the cessation of all test explosions of nuclear weapons.

1981: Calling for action in support of measures to prevent nuclear war, 
curb the arms race and promote disarmament.

1981: Urging negotiations on prohibition of chemical and biological 

1981: Declaring that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, 
national development, etc are human rights.

1981: Condemning South Africa for attacks on neighbouring states and 
apartheid, and attempts to strengthen sanctions  seven resolutions.

1981: Condemning an attempted coup by South Africa on the Seychelles.

1981: Condemning Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, human rights 
policies, and the bombing of Iraq  18 resolutions.

1982: Condemning the Israeli invasion of Lebanon  six resolutions (1982 
to 1983).

1982: Condemning the shooting of 11 Muslims at a shrine in Jerusalem by an 
Israeli soldier.

1982: Calling on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights occupied in 

1982: Condemning apartheid and calls for the cessation of economic aid to 
South Africa  four resolutions.

1982: Calling for the setting up of a World Charter for the protection of 
the ecology.

1982: Setting up a United Nations conference on succession of states in 
respect to state property, archives and debts.

1982: Nuclear test bans and negotiations and nuclear free outer space  
three resolutions.

1982: Supporting a new world information and communications order.

1982: Prohibiting chemical and bacteriological weapons.

1982: Development of international law.

1982: Protecting against products harmful to health and the environment.

1982: Declaring that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, and 
national development are human rights.

1982: Development of the energy resources of developing countries.

1983: Resolutions about apartheid, nuclear arms, economics, and 
international law  15 resolutions.

1984: Condemning support of South Africa in its Namibian and other 

1984: International action to eliminate apartheid.

1984: Condemning Israel for occupying and attacking southern Lebanon.

1984: Resolutions about apartheid, nuclear arms, economics, and 
international law  18 resolutions.

1985: Condemning Israel for occupying and attacking southern Lebanon.

1985: Condemning Israel for using excessive force in the occupied 

1985: Resolutions about co-operation, human rights, trade and development -
- three resolutions.

1985: Measures to be taken against Nazi, Fascist and neo-Fascist 

1986: Calling on all governments (including the USA) to observe 
international law.

1986: Imposing economic and military sanctions against South Africa.

1986: Condemning Israel for its actions against Lebanese civilians.

1986: Calling on Israel to respect Muslim holy places.

1986: Condemning Israel for sky-jacking a Libyan airliner.

1986: Resolutions about co-operation, security, human rights, trade, media 
bias, the environment and development  eight resolutions.

1987: Calling on Israel to abide by the Geneva Conventions in its treatment 
of the Palestinians.

1987: Calling on Israel to stop deporting Palestinians.

1987: Condemning Israel for its actions in Lebanon  two resolutions.

1987: Calling on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon.

1987: Co-operation between the United Nations and the League of Arab 

1987: Calling for compliance in the International Court of Justice 
concerning military and paramilitary activities against Nicaragua and a 
call to end the trade embargo against Nicaragua  two resolutions.

1987: Measures to prevent international terrorism, study the underlying 
political and economic causes of terrorism, convene a conference to define 
terrorism and to differentiate it from the struggle of people from national 

1987: Resolutions concerning journalism, international debt and trade  
three resolutions.

1987: Opposition to the build up of weapons in space.

1987: Opposition to the development of new weapons of mass destruction.

1987: Opposition to nuclear testing  two resolutions.

1987: Proposal to set up South Atlantic "Zone of Peace".

1988: Condemning Israeli practices against Palestinians in the occupied 
territories  five resolutions (1988 and 1989).

1989: Condemning USA invasion of Panama.

1989: Condemning USA troops for ransacking the residence of the Nicaraguan 
ambassador in Panama.

1989: Condemning USA support for the Contra army in Nicaragua.

1989: Condemning illegal USA embargo of Nicaragua.

1989: Opposing the acquisition of territory by force.

1989: Calling for a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on 
earlier UN resolutions.

1990: To send three UN Security Council observers to the occupied 

1995: Affirming that land in East Jerusalem annexed by Israel is occupied 

1997: Calling on Israel to cease building settlements in East Jerusalem and 
other occupied territories  two resolutions.

1999: Calling on the USA to end its trade embargo on Cuba  eight 
resolutions (1992 to 1999).

2001: To send unarmed monitors to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

2001: To set up the International Criminal Court.

2002: To renew the peace keeping mission in Bosnia.

Note: During the '80s, the UN was concerned with Saddam Hussein's 
use of chemical weapons. On 21/3/1986, the Security Council President, 
"speaking on behalf of the Security Council", stated that the Council 
members were "profoundly concerned by the unanimous conclusion of the 
specialists that chemical weapons on many occasions have been used by Iraqi 
forces against Iranian troops ... [and] the members of the Council strongly 
condemn this continued use of chemical weapons in clear violation of the 
Geneva Protocol of 1925 which prohibits the use in war of chemical 

The United States voted AGAINST the issuance of this statement.

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