The Non-Aligned Movement Was Heart of Anti-Colonial Struggle (Photos)

Telesur | 12 September, 2016

The Non-Alignment Movement was founded in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1961 in the midst of anti-colonial struggles in Africa and Asia. The founding members, mostly all revolutionary leaders in their recently liberated countries, wanted to forge a union of mutual respect and cooperation among developing countries.

In 1979, Cuban President Fidel Castro said the purpose of the organization was to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony…”

Currently NAM has 120 members.

The founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1960-61: (L-R) Nehru of India, Nkrumah of Ghana, Nassar of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia and Tito of Yugoslavia.

The founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1960-61: (L-R) Nehru of India, Nkrumah of Ghana, Nassar of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia and Tito of Yugoslavia. Photo:Flickr / Abayomi Azikiwe

Prime Minister Nehru with President Gamal Abdel Nasser (L) of Egypt and Marshal Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. They were instrumental in the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Prime Minister Nehru with President Gamal Abdel Nasser (L) of Egypt and Marshal Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia. They were instrumental in the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement. Photo:The Hindu Archives
Jawaharlal Nehru, India
Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, addresses the first Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Belgrade, Sept. 2, 1961. Photo:The Hindu Archives
Arrival of the president of Ghana, Kwama Nkrumah, to the first Non-Aligned Movement Summit, Belgrade 1961.
Arrival of the president of Ghana, Kwama Nkrumah, to the first Non-Aligned Movement Summit, Belgrade 1961. Photo:Wikimedia Commons
The members of the first Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Belgrade, 1961.
The members of the first Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Belgrade, 1961. Photo:Wikimedia Commons
The 14th conference of the Non-Aligned Movement was held in Havana, Cuba, in 2006.
The 14th conference of the Non-Aligned Movement was held in Havana, Cuba, in 2006. Photo:EFE
Bolivian President Evo Morales used the conference to speak out against imperialism and warn of the dangers of U.S. intervention.
Bolivian President Evo Morales used the conference to speak out against imperialism and warn of the dangers of U.S. intervention. Photo:EFE
The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at the 14th Conference Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in 2006.
The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at the 14th Conference Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in 2006. Photo:EFE

 

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