Sixth General Assembly
Tallinn, Estonia 15 February 2001
Resolution of the General Assembly of the
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
Concerning the Enclave of Cabinda
Noting the information provided by the representatives of Cabinda on persisting human rigths violations (massacres, rapes of woman and children, looting and burning of houses, and villages);
Considering that Article 73, Chapter XI of the United Nations Charter recognizes the Rift of Peoples to self-determination;
Emphasizing that Cabinda was and is a Portuguese protectorate by the virtue of the Treaty of Simulambuco in 1885;
Considering that Portugal, the former protecting power, has abandoned the territory of Cabinda, its protectorate, without organizing a self-determination referendum to allow the Cabinda People to choose their own future;
Considering that, when it was founded in May 1963, the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.) classified Cabinda as the 39 (thirty-ninth) territory in the African continent to be decolonized and that this reality has since then been ignored;
Considering that Portugal has not respected the measures contained notably in the treaties of Chimfuma (1883), Chicamba (1884) and Simulambuco (1885) by illegally annexing the Territory of Cabinda to a third country, Angola;
Recognizing that the current military occupation of Cabinda by Angolan forces constitutes a potential source of conflict, arbitrary arrests, crimes against humanity and violations of all sorts;
1. Condemns all human rigths abuses, committed in the Territory of Cabinda by the Government of the Republic of Angola
2. Calls on the government of the Republic of Angola to respect the Cabindan Peoplesí human rights and their right to self-determination.
3. Calls on the conflicting parties and in particular, the government of the Republic of Angola to urgently commit themselves to a peaceful solution to the conflict currently taking place in Cabinda, through negotiation.
4. Calls upon the companies operating in Cabinda, including the right to manage and control natural resources on their land;
5. Appeals to humanitarian organizations and governments to come to the aid of Cabindan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo Brazzaville and elsewhere, who are living under hardship conditions, without educational facilities and who are left to their own devices.
6. Expresses the need for a UNPO mission to be sent to Cabinda to assess condition of the people.
Signed, Dr. Joel Batila
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