Implementation of Economic Sanctions Against Rhodesia

ID-77-27: Published: Apr 20, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1977.

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The implementation of sanctions against Rhodesia by the government was investigated.

The economic and political existence of Rhodesia for the past 11 years is evidence that the United Nations' sanctions have not been completely effective. Certain allegations of violations made against U.S. firms have been referred to the government for investigation and action. The government has taken action against some domestic businesses and firms in third countries that have purchased and reexported U.S. products to Rhodesia. The U.S. generally follows the United Nations' sanctions, except in matters where restrictions would be contrary to U.S. law. Under the Executive Orders implementing the sanctions, the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Transportation are delegated primary responsibility to carry out the purposes of the order. As U.S. laws take precedence over both the United Nations' Resolution and the Executive Orders, U.S. firms and individuals are legally not complying with the sanctions in such areas as allowing for the import of strategic materials from Rhodesia and traveling to Rhodesia as tourists. Agencies charged with administering the sanction regulations have not emphasized enforcement of the United Nations' sanctions.

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