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Article 15 and the Practice of the Committee

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The Committee interpreted its powers under Article 15 liberally. In a statement circulated on its behalf by the Secretary-General at its first session, the Committee expressed the view that it was competent to consider all relevant information concerning any territory covered by Article 15, without regard to whether or not the administering power concerned was a Party to the Convention. In order to examine the information forwarded to it in connection with Article 15, the Committee began with the practice of establishing small working groups every year, to study the material relating to a group of territories. The Committee had before it abundant U.N. documentation on the situation prevailing in Southern Rhodesia and Namibia, and adopted opinions and recommendations on this situation from the very beginning of its activities. The Committee received individual petitions through the channel of the relevant U.N. bodies.

Keywords: Article 15; Committee's powers; UN Convention; practice; Southern Rhodesia; U.N. documentation



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