Resolution: Refugees' Properties

This is a yearly resolution introduced at the UN General Assembly whose title is similar to: “Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues”

Resolution in brief: Reaffirms that Palestinian refugees are entitled to their property, and asks the UN to protect Arab assets and property rights in Israel.

From 2000 to 2010 Canada voted "Yes" on this resolution, under Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin (both Liberal), and for the first four years under Stephen Harper (Conservative). From 2011 to 2020, Canada voted "No" on the resolution, starting with Stephen Harper (Conservative) and continued by Justin Trudeau (Liberal).

The 2019 version of this resolution can be found in .pdf here, on the UN website here, or copied below.

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 13 December 2019 [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) (A/74/409)]

74/86.    Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues

        The General Assembly,

        Recalling its resolutions 194 (III) of 11 December 1948 and 36/146 C of 16 December 1981 and all its subsequent resolutions on the question,

        Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General submitted pursuant to its resolution 73/95 of 7 December 2018,[1] as well as that of the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine for the period from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019,[2]

        Recalling that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[3] and the principles of international law uphold the principle that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her property,

        Recalling in particular its resolution 394 (V) of 14 December 1950, in which it directed the Conciliation Commission, in consultation with the parties concerned, to prescribe measures for the protection of the rights, property and interests of the Palestine refugees,

        Noting the completion of the programme of identification and evaluation of Arab property, as announced by the Conciliation Commission in its twenty-second progress report,[4] and the fact that the Land Office had a schedule of Arab owners and a file of documents defining the location, area and other particulars of Arab property,

        Expressing its appreciation for the preservation and modernization of the existing records, including the land records, of the Conciliation Commission, and stressing the importance of such records for a just resolution of the plight of the Palestine refugees in conformity with resolution 194 (III),

        Recalling that, in the framework of the Middle East peace process, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel agreed, in the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements of 13 September 1993,[5] to commence negotiations on permanent status issues, including the important issue of the refugees,

  1. Reaffirms that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice;
  2. Requests the Secretary-General to take all appropriate steps, in consultation with the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, for the protection of Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel;
  3. Calls once again upon Israel to render all facilities and assistance to the Secretary-General in the implementation of the present resolution;
  4. Calls upon all the parties concerned to provide the Secretary-General with any pertinent information in their possession concerning Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel that would assist him in the implementation of the present resolution;
  5. Urges the Palestinian and Israeli sides, as agreed between them, to deal with the important issue of Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues within the framework of the final status peace negotiations;
  6. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session on the implementation of the present resolution.


47th plenary meeting
13 December 2019



        [1] A/74/307.

        [2] A/74/332.

        [3] Resolution 217 A (III).

        [4] Official Records of the General Assembly, Nineteenth Session, Annexes, Annex No. 11, document A/5700.

        [5] A/48/486-S/26560, annex.