2024 International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories 25-31 May, 2024: Activities For the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens (AFORRC INTL), calls on the United Nations to ensure that the 17 remaining non-self-governing territories get their independence before the end of this 4th consecutive international decades for the eradication of colonialism (2021-2030).

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2024 International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories 25-31 May, 2024: Activities For the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens (AFORRC INTL), calls on the United Nations to ensure that the 17 remaining non-self-governing territories get their independence before the end of this 4th consecutive international decades for the eradication of colonialism (2021-2030).
In a press statement to mark the 2024 International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories, AFORRC INTL is worried that the United Nations declared four consecutive international decades for the eradication of colonialism: 1991-2000
2001-2010
2011-2020
2021-2030

Since the previous three didn’t yield 100% eradication, and we are now on the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2021 – 2030), AFORRC INTL calls on the Colonising Nations to join in the Crusade to set the remaining 17 territories free from colonialism before the end of 2030.

In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government.” Countries administering Non-Self-Governing Territories are called Administering Powers.

In 1946, eight Member States – Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – listed 72 territories under their administration, which they considered to be non-self governing.

Chapter XI of the UN Charter provides that Member States administering Territories, which have not attained self-government recognize “that the interests of the inhabitants of these territories are paramount” and accept as a “sacred trust” the obligation to promote their well-being.

Furthermore, administering Powers, in addition to ensuring the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the peoples, undertake to assist them in developing self-government and free political institutions. Administering Powers also have an obligation to transmit regularly to the Secretary-General information on the economic, social and educational conditions in the territories under their administration.

In a later agreement, the UN General Assembly, by its resolution 54/91 of 6 December 1999, urged the administering Powers concerned to take effective measures to safeguard and guarantee the inalienable rights of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories to their natural resources, including land, and to establish and maintain control over the future development of those resources, and requested the administering Powers to take all necessary steps to protect the property rights of the peoples of those territories.

Through the same resolution, the General Assembly requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Transmission of information by the administering Powers was discontinued for 21 Non-Self-Governing Territories for various reasons. In some cases, such as Greenland, Alaska and Hawaii, the General Assembly accepted the cessation of information; in others, the decision was taken unilaterally by the Administering Powers.

From 1960 to 2002, 54 territories attained self-government. At present, there are 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories remaining.
AFORRC INTL describes the continued colonisation of these 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories as man’s inhumanity to man, and calls on the Colonising Nations to join in the Crusade to set the remaining 17 territories free from colonialism before the end of the 4th Decade: 2030.

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