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United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization Regional Seminar

 

Regional Seminar PhotoSince the 1990s, the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization has been organizing regional seminars, alternately in the Caribbean and the Pacific, to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the Plan of Action for the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.

 

The seminars seek to enable the Special Committee to obtain the views of representatives of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, experts, members of civil society and other stakeholders in the process of decolonization that can assist the Special Committee in identifying policy approaches and practical ways that can be pursued in the United Nations decolonization process.

 

These are the testimonies given by the representatives and experts from Guam over the years.

 

2017 Regional Seminar Testimony by Michael Bevacqua

 

2017 Regional Seminar Testimony by Amanda Blas

 

2016 Regional Seminar Testimony by Michael Bevacqua

 

2016 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ed Alvarez

 

2015 Regional Seminar Testimony by Michael Bevacqua

 

2015 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ed Alvarez

 

2014 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ed Alvarez

 

2013 Regional Seminar Testimony by Michael Bevacqua

 

2013 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ed Alvarez

 

2012 Regional Seminar Testimony by Lisalinda Natividad

 

2012 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ed Alvarez

 

2011 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ron Mcninch Su

 

2011 Regional Seminar Testimony by Ed Alvarez

 

2010 Regional Seminar Testimony by Hope Cristobal

 

2008 Regional Seminar Testimony by Hope Cristobal

 

2006 Regional Seminar Testimony by Hope Cristobal

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Articles

 

Article - Status change lacks legs to stand - Trudeau, Garry

Article - Statehood is first step for Guam - Vitkovitssky, Oleh

Article - Plebiscite pushed to 2002 - Limtiaco, Steve

Article - End the stalling and register Plebiscite voters - Murphy, Joe

Article - Decolonization Stagnation - Bevacqua, Michael

Article - Citizenship proof needed to register - Limtiaco, Steve

Article - Activists quiet about lack of Plebiscite - Murphy, Joe

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Article - Who is Chamorro - Loerzel, Adrienne

Article - Where's education campaign for vote on political status

Article - Voters must balance dreams, realities of status plebiscite - Duque, Pat

Article - Study U.S. territorial history, forget about Guam statehood - Statham

Article - Status voters need citizenship lowdown - Murphy, Joe

Article - Status vote will drive away investors - Ysrael, Alfred

Article - Status forum helps clear up plebiscite for Sanchez teens - Aguon, Julie

Article - Statehood is the best option - Duenas, Eddie

Article - Show me constitution before I make choice - del Rosario, Eddie, MPH

Article - Should lawmakers postpone the status plebiscite until Nov 7 - Kang, Sunmi

Article - Senators iron out plebiscite issues - Limtiaco, Steve

Article - Senators continue work on status-vote measure - Jojola, Lloyd

Article - Self-determination forum at UOG

Article - Self government_Is it time for Guam to write its own constitution

Article - Sef-determination ads should focus on the past as lessons for the future - Flores, Jayne

Article - Road to freedom is never lined with roses - Pocaigue, Ed

Article - Right to self-determination fulfills promise made to Chamorro people - Howard, Chris

Article - Results of status plebiscite can be repealed at any time - Perez, Jesus

Article - Reasoning against statehood for the island was obnoxious - Duenas, Eddie

Article - Questions of race will skew Chamorro data - Cruz, Manuel

Article - Plebiscite's all about cold, hard federal cash - Murphy, Joe

Article - Plebiscite may help island secure its fate - De Rosas, Romeo

Article - Plebiscite delay predicted - Limtiaco, Steve

Article - Plebiscite consciousness will lead to public debate, decision - Rivera, Ron

Article - Our quest for Commonwealth -

Article - Options confuse voters - Loerzel, Adrienne

Article - Officials seek to define Chamorro as political group - Loerzel, Adrienne

Article - Nutty professor missed mark on plebiscite - San Nicolas, Michael

Article - Not everyone qualifies as colonized people - Laguana, Ronald

Article - Non-Chamorros have no rights to plebiscite - Inman, Todd

Article - Non-Chamorro voting block threatening - McCandless, Alex

Article - No status for Guam, no constitution - Cristobal, Hope

Article - New rules, delay of plebiscite must be acted on soon -

Article - Longing for Guam independence - Pocaigue, Ed

Article - July 1 plebiscite to determine survival - Trudeau, Garry

Article - Interior OKs compact-impact funding - Sablan, Jerick Part I

Article - Interior OKs compact-impact funding - Sablan, Jerick Part II

Article - Interior OKs compact-impact funding - Sablan, Jerick Part III

Article - Immigration control, independence tied - Mulroy

Article - History is reason enough for statehood - Chanco, Ed

Article - Guam should imitate Canadian constitution

Article - Free association meets Guam, federal needs - Freitas, Erin

Article - Essay contest focuses on Plebiscite - Loerzel, Adrienne

Article - Election law reform bill sent back to committee - Taitano, Zita Part I

Article - Election law reform bill sent back to committee - Taitano, Zita Part II

Article - Election law reform bill sent back to committee - Taitano, Zita Part III

Article - Election law reform bill sent back to committee - Taitano, Zita Part IV

Article - Election law reform bill sent back to committee - Taitano, Zita Part V

Article - Election law reform bill sent back to committee - Taitano, Zita Part VI

Article - Decolonization registry sign-up at Micronesian Island Fair Part I

Article - Decolonization registry sign-up at Micronesian Island Fair Part II

Article - Decolonization registry sign-up at Micronesian Island Fair Part III

Article - Decolonization registry sign-up at Micronesian Island Fair Part IV

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Article - Contradictions weaken argument against plebiscite - Benavente, Ed

Article - Commonwealth should be an option - Dauterman, F.P.

Article - Citizens want more facts Loerzel, Adrienne

Article - Chamorro voters need concrete data to weigh options

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Article - Chamorro only status vote is about equity - Cristobal, Hope

Article - Chamorro definition a major hurdle - Murphy, Joe

Article - Board_Postpone vote - Limtiaco, Steve

Article - Board_July 1 is too soon - Limtiaco, Steve

Article - Be proud-- protect your Chamorro rights - Garrido, Vicente

Article - Angel Santos should use political skill in his fight for landowners rights - Flores, Jayne

Article - Administration blase on political status - Perez, Joaquin

Article - Above all, define Guam's Political status - Jose, Manuel

Article - 2 plebiscite solution should be considered - Cruz, John

References



The following documents are available at the N. M. Flores Memorial Public Library in Hagatña:

 

The Guam Decolonization Registry PL 25-106

1 GCA General Provisions, Chapter 21, Commission on Decolonization for the Implementation and Exercise of Chamorro Self-Determination

The Chamorro Registry, PL 23-130

Rice v. Cayetano, Governor of Hawaii, No. 98-818, United States Supreme Court

Arnold Davis v. Guam Election Commission. United States District Court of Guam. 2011. Pacific News Center

Decolonization. Senator Vicente (Ben) Pangelinan

Academic Study - An Analysis of the Economic Impact of Guam's Political Status Options - Bradley, Joseph (2000)

Publication - CHAMORRO TRIBE - Schaecher, Davis, Hart, Matanane, Guthertz, Pieper (2009)

 

Laws

 

1 GCA Ch. 21 -Commission on Decolonization for the implementation and exercise of Chamorro self determination

3 GCA Ch. 3 - Voters Registration

3 GCA Ch. 9 - Conduct of Election

3 GCA Ch. 21 - Decolonization registry

Bill 673

Bill No. 30-184 (COR)

Bill No. B175-33 (COR) PASSED

P.L. 23-147 (SB 765 (LS) Part I

P.L. 23-147 (SB 765 (LS) Part II

P.L. 24-106

P.L. 25-106

P.L. 25-146 Part I

P.L. 25-146 Part II

P.L. 25-146 Part III

P.L. 25-146 Part IV

P.L. 25-148

P.L. 29-116 (SBill No. 383 LS)

P.L. 30-102 (Bill No. 184-30 COR) Part I

P.L. 30-102 (Bill No. 184-30 COR) Part II

P.L. 30-102 (Bill No. 184-30 COR) Part III

P.L. 31-92 (SBill No. 154-31) Part I

P.L. 31-92 (SBill No. 154-31) Part II

P.L. 31-92 (SBill No. 154-31) Part III

P.L. 31-92 (SBill No. 154-31) Part IV

Public Law 23-130 Part I

Public Law 23-130 Part II

Public Law 23-130 Part III

Public Law 23-130 Part IV

Public Law 23-147 Part I

Public Law 23-147 Part II

Public Law 29-116 Part I

Public Law 29-116 Part II

Public Law 29-116 Part III

Res.No. 191 (LS) Intro

 

Others

 

Letter-to-President-Obama-Regarding-Guam

Memorandum - Decolonization Information Campaign - Commission on Decolonization (2000)

Motion to Dismiss - Davis v. Guam

Press Release - Decolonization news and letter to President Obama (2011)

Rice v. Cayetano

United Nations Statement-Mr. Edward Alvarez Part I

United Nations Statement-Mr. Edward Alvarez Part II

Messages_and_communication_Davis_v_Guam Part I

Messages_and_communication_Davis_v_Guam Part II

Messages_and_communication_Davis_v_Guam Part III

Meeting Dates

Pursuant to 1 GCA § 2115, the Commission on Decolonization shall meet regularly on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. or more often as determined by the Chairperson of the Commission.

 

Upcoming Meeting Dates

2020-03-03-Meeting

2020-02-04 Meeting Ad Portrait

Decol Mtg for 12032019

July 03, 2018 Meeting

COD Meeting July 03, 2018 Agenda

COD Meeting June 19, 2018 Minutes