THE DECOLONIZATION ALLIANCE
A coalition of independence advocates
New Alliance for Decolonization Reform Supports Recommendation of United Nations Independent Expert
On Monday, 28 October, founding members of The Decolonization Alliance were present at the United Nations in New York to support a recommendation being made by the UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order to the Third Committee of the General Assembly.
The recommendation (GA document A/68/237, 69 (n)) calls on the General Assembly to direct the Decolonization Committee to receive communications from indigenous and non-represented peoples. This small but crucial change would allow more peoples and nations direct access to the decolonization process.
The Decolonization Alliance commends the independent expert Prof. Alfred M. deZayas and extends our endorsement of his recommendation and encourages member states to adopt a resolution to implement the recommendation.
RENEWED INTEREST IN DECOLONIZATION
The issue of decolonization is beginning to reach critical mass at the UN, with the understanding that substantive changes are needed to reform the process. The United Nations resolution in May 2013 to reinscribe French Polynesia to the UN list of Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGT) touched off calls to reactivate the UN’s decolonization process, which had been stagnating for nearly thirty years.
The reinscription renewed the hopes of those peoples and nations seeking decolonization; and triggered calls from Pacific Island states and others for the UN to step up the decolonization process.
NEW ADVOCACY GROUP
Keying off this renewed interest in decolonization, leaders of peoples and nations pursuing independence, such as Hawaii, West Papua, Rapa Nui, Alaska, and those from North America, Australia and so forth (the list is growing), have initiated an advocacy/mutual support group called The Decolonization Alliance to actively
pursue reform of the UN decolonization process. The Alliance welcomes all those who are willing to support this effort to participate.