21 Aug 2017

PIANGO wants UN to protect Guam's Chamorro people

7:44 am on 21 August 2017

A regional NGO body says the United Nations Decolonisation Committee must expedite the decolonisation of Guam.

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This comes amid the threats posed to Guam and its indigenous Chamorro people by the tensions between North Korea and the United States.

The executive director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations, Emele Duituturaga, said North Korea may have withdrawn its decision to launch a missile attack on Guam for the time being, but the threat still exists.

She said colonisation remains an unfinished business and the UN Committee needs to act.

"We want to bring that issue back and say 'Hey here's an issue that's been sitting on the decolonisation list of the UN since 1946. What is the Un doing about it? What is the US doing about it? Militarism shouldn't be the only issue. We should be talking about the needs and the rights of the indigenous people of Guam and the Northern Marianas."

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