International submission filed on behalf of Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian


Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian (PLSR) has announced that international human rights attorney Julian Aguon and firm Blue Ocean Law has filed a submission on behalf of the PLSR organization with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Blue Ocean Law is an international law firm based in Guam specializing in human and indigenous rights, self-determination, and environmental justice in the Pacific. Indigenous rights is one of the fastest-growing areas of international law and the Blue Ocean Law firm has been at the forefront pushing for the formal recognition of the right to free, prior, and informed consent.

The submission to the Special Rapporteur is specific to the ongoing human rights violations under U.S. colonization and militarization and the continued disregard for the CHamoru people’s right to free, prior, and informed consent in regard to the transfer of thousands of military personnel and the construction of the Live-Fire Training Range Complex and other installations on sites of great significance to the CHamoru people.

The submission requests that the Special Rapporteur investigate these harms and take action within his authority to urge the United States to prevent the further erosion of these rights.

In the years since its inception, PLSR has exhausted many available avenues to stop the firing range designation in Northern Guahan, from public demonstrations, legislative hearings, meetings with local leaders, lobbying lawmakers to pass resolutions, educational events, and garnering more than 21,500 signatures on its petition.

Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian (PLSR) is a direct action group dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources in all sites identified for DOD live-fire training on Guam, opposes the establishment of any military firing range, stands in solidarity with Guardians of Gani’, PaganWatch, Tinian Women’s Association, and Alternative Zero Coalition by preventing environmental degradation and destruction on sacred and native lands, and promotes the continued pursuit for return of ancestral lands.

(Prutehi Litekyan news release)