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U.N. Human Rights Officers Write To U.S. Expressing Concern Over Militarization In Guam

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In a just lately launched letter to the U.S. authorities, human rights officers on the United Nations backed Indigenous activists in Guam and expressed concern over the US’ ongoing army presence within the territory. Activists representing Guam’s Chamorro folks have decried America’s continued management and elevated militarization on the island since claiming it as a territory in 1898, after the Spanish-American Struggle. 

Of their letter, which got here on the urging of human rights legal professionals, three U.N. particular rapporteurs expressed concern over “America’s elevated army presence in Guam and the failure to guard the indigenous Chamorro folks from the lack of their conventional lands, territories, and assets.” The officers all advise on human rights points, and so they condemned the denial of the Indigenous inhabitants’s “proper to free, prior and knowledgeable consent and self-determination.”

Individuals born in Guam are U.S. residents, but they can’t vote in U.S. elections. Chamorro activists have been sounding the alarm on U.S. oversight for greater than a century, sharing tales of their marginalization on an island densely populated with U.S. army personnel.

For the reason that finish of the Spanish-American Struggle, the US has used its rule over Guam to maintain a toehold within the Pacific and a detailed watch of geopolitical foes, notably China. Nonetheless, many Individuals know little to nothing about U.S. involvement in Guam, not to mention concerning the plight of its Indigenous folks. In mid-March, that ignorance got here to an embarrassing head when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) denounced funding for Guam as she spoke out towards support to overseas international locations. 

“Our hard-earned tax {dollars} ought to simply go for America, not for, what, China, Russia, the Center East, Guam, no matter, wherever,” she stated.

Authorized activists supporting the Chamorro folks imagine the letter places America on discover to determine a brand new path for U.S.-Guam relations. Juan Aguon, whose Blue Ocean Legislation agency helped push the officers to ship the letter, referred to as it “deeply validating” in an announcement. 

“It says to the world ― not simply to the U.S. ― which may doesn’t make proper, that many people have been proper all alongside,” he stated. 

Aguon, who just lately wrote a ebook concerning the Chamorro expertise, “The Properties of Perpetual Mild,” stated the letter affirms the neighborhood’s proper to “a clear setting, tradition, well being and life — rights that ought to be revered.”

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