Xii Session Of The Unpo General Assembly General Resolution

The General Resolution as adopted on the occasion of the XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly:

XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly

General Resolution

On the occasion of the XII Session of the UNPO General Assembly, the following general resolution was adopted on 4 July 2015 in Brussels, Belgium:


Expressing its solidarity with UNPO Members and other victims of oppression, violence and discrimination who are struggling to gain respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide;

Reiterating all members’ commitment to the Organization’s fundamental principles: democracy, non-violence, human rights, self-determination, tolerance and environmental protection, as expressed in the Covenant;

Reaffirming its continued engagement with the international community and expressing serious concern with regards to the lack of opportunities for political minorities and unrepresented nations and peoples to be heard;

Regretting that over 20 years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, states continue to commit grave and systematic human rights violations against other nations and minorities;

Solemnly proclaiming the necessity to fully investigate, denounce and redress gross human rights violations against nations and indigenous peoples worldwide, which are too often hidden from the world or ignored by the media;

Affirming the importance of working to give all nations and ethnic communities the opportunity to have a say in the decisions that concern their territory, culture, language, heritage, environment and people.

The UNPO General Assembly:

1. Calls upon the international community to recognise that the 21st century presents the world with new challenges in matters of human security, the environment, the economy, social welfare, and culture, affecting nations and peoples who are not adequately represented in international fora, thus underscoring the importance and urgency of UNPO’s work, which embraces the concepts of individual and collective rights;

2. Calls upon intergovernmental organizations such as the European Union, African Union, ASEAN, Arab League, Organization of American States, Melanesian Spearhead Group, SAARC to honour their human rights commitments and respect the rights of all nations to self-determination;

3. Deplores that the 21st century is still facing contemporary forms of slavery including bonded labour, child slavery and sexual exploitation;

4. Strongly condemns the continuous human rights violations committed against Members in the form of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings, as well as all forms of discrimination;

5. Severely condemns the reprisals facing UNPO Members engaging in political activities, notably through the adoption of anti-terrorism laws that allow for more severe restrictions of personal liberty;

6. Further condemns the reprisals faced by members of the diaspora who lobby for their people, consisting in intimidations, threats and sometimes actual violence or arbitrary arrests of family members or friends still in their homeland;

7. Also condemns the lack of political will many UN Member States show towards the protection of their environment, of which areas are often sold off solely for financial reward, to the expense of future generations and particularly to the detriment of indigenous peoples, who lose traditional lands that they have inhabited for centuries, and are further punished under the pretext of environmental protection;

8. Denounces the fact that human rights discussions, fora and meetings of relevant UN bodies are restricted in their access, to the extent that this access is often completely denied to representatives of stateless nations;

9. Insists that the UN Human Rights Council take a more proactive role in supporting the rights of stateless peoples and nations, in particular for access to Special Procedure mandate-holders;

10. Urges the international community and especially the United Nations to allow de facto states to be recognised as independent states;

11. Encourages relevant organizations and Member States to work for the preservation and promotion of minority cultures and languages, which can be a source of enrichment not only for the relevant communities but for all;

12. Calls upon states to demilitarize territories of indigenous nations, end population transfers, implement the relocation of outside settlers, cease all exploitation of their lands without prior and informed consent, and continue with the effective implementation of agreements signed by indigenous peoples’ and states’ representatives.

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