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Guam demands self-determination at UN

The speaker of the Guam Legislature has called on the UN to dispatch a special mission to help the native Chamorros gain self-determination.

In her speech Dr Judih Won Pat accused the US of Genocide and as the perpetrators of ‘the tyranny of colonisation’.

"For the past 50 years the Chamoru people, and other inhabitants of Guam, continue to bear witness to economic exploitation and political oppression by the incumbent administering power," she said.

Won Pat also said for about 500 years, "the Chamoru people endured ethnic and cultural genocide, forced labor, religious, and political oppression by three different sovereign nations".

"Self-determination is, after all, a fundamental inalienable right affirmed by the United Nations Charter. Assist the CHamoru people in bringing an end to the practice of colonialism in order that we may peaceably assemble and determine the political, economic, social, and cultural future of our people."

"May this committee rise and cast light upon those nation states that willfully violate the foundational principles of this great assembly for it is no longer proper to recognize the abused and not the abuser," Won Pat stated in her speech to the UN.

Guam has been an 'organised territory' of the United States since 1950, making the island, effectively, a US colony.

Read full testimony here.

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