List of active separatist movements recognized by intergovernmental organizations

List of active separatist movements recognized by intergovernmental organizations

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This is a list of national liberation movements recognized by intergovernmental organizations.




The United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 3247 (XXIX) of 29 November 1974, decided to invite also the national liberation movements recognized by the Organization of African Unity (OAU, later transformed into the AU) and/or by the League of Arab States (AL) in their respective regions to participate in the United Nations Conference on the Representation of States in Their Relations with International Organizations as observers.[1]

The Conference adopted a resolution on the status of national liberation movements,[2] and similar provisions were also adopted by the UNGA.[3][4]

The UNGA recognized some of these national liberation movements as representatives of the people of their respective territories, along with their right to self-determinationnational independence and sovereignty there. In 1973 South West Africa People’s Organization was recognized as representative of the Namibian people and gained UN observer entity status in 1976.[5] In 1974 the UN took similar decision for the Palestine Liberation Organization and it was also given the status of UN observer entity[6] The OAU and the UN have contacts with thePolisario Front[7] and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (established by the Polisario Front) is member state of the OAU since 1982. Since 1991 the UN is maintaining a peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara overseeing a cease-fire between Morocco and the Polisario Front. The goal of the mission is to conduct a referendum on the status of Western Sahara.

The aim of these liberation movements is to eventually establish independent states and some of them have already succeeded. After independence most of the liberation movements transform into political parties – governing or oppositional. The most recent of these that finished the process of decolonization in its territory was SWAPO that established Namibia in 1990.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC, formerly the Organisation of the Islamic Conference) also recognized some liberation movements.[8][9]


Liberation movement Nation Territory Recognized by Current administering power Established state Former administering power
Movement for the National Liberation of Comoro Comorians Comoro Islands OAU, AL  Comoros  France
National Liberation Front of Angola Angola OAU  Angola  Portugal
People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola Mbundu
Palestine Liberation Organization Palestinian people Palestine AL, OIC, UN  Israel[i] State of Palestine State of Palestine[10]  United Kingdom
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania Black people South Africa OAU  South Africa South Africa South Africa
South West African People’s Organization Namibians South-West Africa OAU, UN  Namibia South Africa South Africa
Zimbabwe African People’s Union Black people Southern Rhodesia OAU  Zimbabwe  Rhodesia
Moro National Liberation Front Moro people Mindanao[11] OIC  Philippines  Spain
 United States
Turkish Muslim community of Cyprus Turkish Cypriots Northern Cyprus OIC  Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  Republic of Cyprus
Cyprus dispute unresolved
Polisario Front[12] Sahrawi people Western Sahara OAU, UN  Spain (de iure)
 Morocco (de facto)
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic(de facto)
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Flag of Spain (1945 - 1977).svg Spain


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i. ^ Israel is the administering power of the Occupied Palestinian Territory and retains the ultimate control over the whole of it. Nevertheless Israel allows the PNA (established by the PLOfollowing the Oslo Accords with Israel) to execute some functions there, depending on special area classification. Israel maintains minimal interference (retaining control of borders:air,[13] sea beyond internal waters,[14][13] land[15]) in the Gaza strip and maximum in “Area C” of the West Bank.[16][17][18][19][20]


  1. Jump up^ United Nations Conference on the Representation of States in Their Relations with International Organizations, 1975, Volume II, page 190:”The following national liberation movements accepted this invitation: …”
  2. Jump up^ United Nations Conference on the Representation of States in Their Relations with International Organizations, 1975
  3. Jump up^ Observer status of national liberation movements recognized by the Organization of African Unity and/or by the League of Arab States
  4. Jump up^ United Nations General Assembly Session 43 Resolution 160A/RES/43/160 {{{date}}}. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  5. Jump up^ UNGA Resolution A/RES/31/152 Observer status for the South West Africa People’s Organization
  6. Jump up^ United Nations General Assembly Session -1 Resolution 3237A/RES/3237(XXIX) {{{date}}}. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  7. Jump up^ Point 7, Res. 34/37 -Question of Western Sahara- 34th General assembly UN, 21-11-1979
  8. Jump up^ OIC Observer Muslim Organisations and Communities
  9. Jump up^ Cyprus and the Organization of Islamic Conferences
  10. Jump up^ Declared in exile in 1988 and still not controlling any territory because of Israel occupation.
  11. Jump up^ Another Insurgency in the Philippines continues in the same region with the Islamist groups of Abu SayyafRajah Sulaiman MovementJemaah IslamiyahAmpatuan and al-Khobar.
  12. Jump up^ Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Río de Oro
  13. Jump up to:a b Israel’s control of the airspace and the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip
  14. Jump up^ Map of Gaza fishing limits, “security zones”
  15. Jump up^ Israel’s Disengagement Plan: Renewing the Peace Process: “Israel will guard the perimeter of the Gaza Strip, continue to control Gaza air space, and continue to patrol the sea off the Gaza coast. … Israel will continue to maintain its essential military presence to prevent arms smuggling along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (Philadelphi Route), until the security situation and cooperation with Egypt permit an alternative security arrangement.”
  16. Jump up^ Gold, Dore; Institute for Contemporary Affairs (26 August 2005). “Legal Acrobatics: The Palestinian Claim that Gaza is Still “Occupied” Even After Israel Withdraws”Jerusalem Issue Brief, Vol. 5, No. 3. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  17. Jump up^ Bell, Abraham (28 January 2008). “International Law and Gaza: The Assault on Israel’s Right to Self-Defense”Jerusalem Issue Brief, Vol. 7, No. 29. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  18. Jump up^ “Address by Foreign Minister Livni to the 8th Herzliya Conference” (Press release). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  19. Jump up^ Salih, Zak M. (17 November 2005). “Panelists Disagree Over Gaza’s Occupation Status”. University of Virginia School of Law. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  20. Jump up^ “Israel: ‘Disengagement’ Will Not End Gaza Occupation”. Human Rights Watch. 29 October 2004. Retrieved 2010-07-16.

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