Security Council Resolution 277 March 1970

Following the unilateral declaration of independence by the Smith apartheid regime in Southern Rhodesia in 1965, the security council passed numerous resolutions condemning the action, and eventually imposed economic sanctions. This resolution impose a legal duty to states not to recognise the ‘illegal regime’ [Compare East Timor Case]

The SC, acting under Chapter VII UN Charter - Condemns the illegal proclamation - States shall refrain recognising this illegal regime - Call upon member states to take appropriate measure to ensure that any act, should not be accorded any recognition - States shall a) immediately sever all diplomatic relations b) immediately interrupt transportation