UN GA Resolution 194 (right of return)

UN General Assembly Resolution 194, adopted on the 11th december 1948:

Right of return or compensation for the Palestinians

UN General Assembly Resolution 194, adopted on 11 December 1948 is important for two main reasons.

First of all it lays down the Palestinians’ right of return or compensation. Furthermore, its implementation was accepted by Israel as a condition for membership to the United Nations (see Resolution 273. The fact that Israel has not observed it has been used by Arab countries repeatedly as an argument requesting the expulsion of Israel.


« The General Assembly,

Having considered further the situation in Palestine,


Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for the loss or damage to property which, under principles f international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments and authorities responsible;

(…) »

Adopted by 35 votes in favour, 15 against and 8 abstentions. All the EU countries member of the UN in 1948(*) voted in favour.


(*) Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

See also:

Resolution 181 (Partition Plan of Palestine).