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About UNPO

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them. Although the … Continue reading

Environmental Protection

What is Environmental Protection? Environmental protection means to protect and preserve (indigenous) peoples’ natural habitat and resources in order to safeguard the unique and independent cultures from threats posed by ‘development’, oppressive regimes and environmental degradation. Resources found in regions where UNPO Members live but do not fully control, are often used not for the … Continue reading


What is tolerance? Tolerance is respect and acceptance of the rich diversity of the world’s cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty; it is also a political … Continue reading


What is nonviolence? Nonviolence is an ideology that rejects the use of violent action in a conflict over power to attain social and political objectives. The term nonviolence is complex and has varied meanings, among which it is important to draw distinctions. In gener­al, the term has been interpreted as in the negative – an … Continue reading

Human Rights

What are Human Rights? Human rights are minimum standards of legal, civil and political freedom that are granted universally. These rights take precedence over other claims by individuals, groups or states. Human rights refer to the perception that humans, no matter what ethnicity, nationality or legal influence, have universal rights. These rights usually include the … Continue reading


What is self-determination? Essentially, the right to self-determination is the right of a people to determine its own destiny. In particular, the principle allows a people to choose its own political status and to determine its own form of economic, cultural and social development. Exercise of this right can result in a variety of different … Continue reading


What is democracy? Democracy is a system of political governance whose decision-making power is subject to the controlling influence of citizens who are considered political equals.  A democratic political system is inclusive, participatory, representative, accountable, transparent and responsive to citizens’ aspirations and expectations. Fundamentally, it means a government of, by and for the people. Democracy … Continue reading

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