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Pacific Conference of Churches calls for justice for Maohi people

Pacific Conference of Churches calls for justice for Maohi people

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22 June 2020

As the people of Maohi (French Polynesia) are remembering the seventh year of their re- inscription on the United Nations decolonisation list, the Pacific Conference of Churches, in a 19 June statement, called on France to act with justice.

“France has ignored the wishes of the Maohi people and the United Nations for their inalienable right to hold an act of self-determination,” the statement reads. “Today, we note with concern that France has failed to hear the cry of the people and the voice of the United Nations.”

The courts must never be used as a tool for political expediency, the statement reads. “Our courts must act impartially as instruments of a legal system which is fair and just, not prejudiced and oppressive,” the statement reads.”We remind France that it has yet to bring about just reparation for the thousands of people – including French civilians and service personnel – crippled and debilitated by the fallout from nuclear tests at Fangataufa and Moruroa.”