The “Decolonization: Awakening of the Renaissance” international conference organized by the Baku Initiative Group (BIG) has kicked off in Istanbul on Saturday, Report informs.

The primary objective of these conferences was to amplify the voices of people in countries affected by colonialism to the global community.

The conference convenes 50 representatives from 13 countries and four international organizations, including delegates from French colonies such as New Caledonia, French Polynesia, French Guiana, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.

The Baku Initiative Group was established by participants of the round table on “Towards the complete elimination of colonialism” held in Baku on July 6, 2023, as part of the ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) chaired by the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Panels will discuss artificial legal barriers created by the French government, including border, security and defense issues, national resources and property, international recognition (human rights and justice), citizenship, nationality, legislation and regulations, as well as economic reforms.

The conference will continue with an open discussion and a quiz session. Later on, the executive director of the Baku Initiative Group, Abbas Abbasov, will make a final speech.

The panel to be held on February 25 will be dedicated to ethnic and cultural discrimination. The panel will address political instability and conflicts, repression/arbitrary arrests, political history, social and economic issues, harassment of independent media, security issues (human, health, environment, cyber security), immigration and emigration, and foreigners.