13 Mar 2017

US federal court ruling 'frustrating' for Guam decolonisation

From , 4:03 pm on 13 March 2017

A long-time campaigner for Guam's independence says a federal court ruling last week is frustrating, and misses the point of decolonisation.

The island's push for plebscite on its political status was dealt a setback when a judge ruled the law limiting a vote to native inhabitants was unconstitutional, violating the rights of non-native residents.

The case was brought to the US federal court on Guam by Arnold Davis, a white, non-native resident, who sued the government after he claimed his constitutional rights were violated by the limits.

But Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, who is the co-chair of the Independence for Guam committee, told Jamie Tahana the vote should be limited to native inhabitants, as it's their rights that were taken away.


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