Freedom Reports

UNPO response to the United States Reply to Special Rapporteurs' Communication

24 August, 2022
On 30 March 2021, independent UN experts made public a joint allegation letter (JAL) submitted by three UN Special Rapporteurs to the US Government concerning ongoing human rights violations suffered by the indigenous CHamoru people of Guam at the hands of the United States government and military. The letter highlights the lack of free, prior and informed consent afforded to Guam’s indigenous inhabitants in connection to the ongoing military expansion, and “express additional concerns that the Government of the United States of America has not supported self-determination for the Chamorro people of Guam”. The letter issued followed submissions by UNPO…

Russian colonialism and its misuse of self-determination: Statement by the UNPO General Secretary on the Russian Federation's Recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk

24 August, 2022
On February 21, the Russian Federation recognized two breakaway territories of Ukraine as independent countries, using that recognition as the pretext for the use of the Russian army in Ukraine. This marks the latest effort of the Russian Federation to abuse and misuse the right of self-determination, perverting the world’s primary bulwark against colonialism into an instrument of colonial policy. The experience of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and its members highlights the falsity of the justification for recognition of these territories and a pathway to preventing such actions in the future.

Self-determination - The UNPO Perspective

24 August, 2022
All peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. UNPO's Members are indigenous peoples, minorities, unrecognised States and occupied territories that have joined together to promote their right to self-determination, while also defending their political, social and cultural rights and preserving their environments.