Backgrounder on the debate over self-determination in French Polynesia. Report by Caroline Lafargue. Video by Radio Australia.
Report – By Rochelle Ferguson
The UN General Assembly has voted to add French Polynesia to its list of territories that should be decolonised, affirming the right of the islanders to “self-determination and independence”.
French Polynesia joins 16 other territories on the decolonisation list, including the British-ruled Falkland Islands and the US Virgin Islands.
Though the measure is largely symbolic, it calls on the French government to “facilitate rapid progress” towards self-determination. It was passed by consensus in the 193-member UN assembly. Read more »