Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Puerto Rican status examined at U.N.

The United Nations’ Decolonization Committee received testimony this week from numerous representatives with regards to the political status of Puerto Rico. Chief among these was the island’s governor- Anibal Acevedo Vila- who called for the island’s right to self-determination and blasted the White House for being “clumsy and partisan” in its behavior of the issue.

Acevedo Vila was indicted last March for violating federal campaign laws and he previously backed commonwealth status for the island.

Other petitioners who spoke in front of the committee varied in their opinions of Puerto Rico’s political future; yet in the end, the committee passed a resolution with several clauses:

The Special Committee on Decolonization today called upon the Government of the United States to expedite a process that would allow the Puerto Rican people fully to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.

In a resolution adopted by consensus, the decolonization body…requested the President of the United States to release all Puerto Rican political prisoners serving sentences for cases relating to the Territory’s struggle for independence and to the Vieques Island “peace struggle”.

The Special Committee…urged the Government of the United States to complete the return of occupied land and installations on Vieques Island and in Ceiba; respect the fundamental human rights to health and economic development of their inhabitants; and expedite and cover the costs of decontaminating the areas previously used in military exercises.

Last year Congress passed the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007, which allows for a congressionally authorized referendum to be held by the end of 2009. In 2006, the Bush administration laid out a set of rules on how to decide Puerto Rico’s future status.

Sources- UN.org, The Latin Americanist, BBC News

Image- Fact Checker (Protestor holding sign in favor of Puerto Rican statehood)


6 comments:

El Loco said...

Erwin, the options were statehood, free associated republic, or independence with the report concluding that free associated republic was the closest thing to "enhanced Commonwealth."

Erwin C. said...

Do you have a source for that info? (I would like to make sure that what you say is correct and if that's so then I'll fix the post).

El Loco said...

Erwin,

Since I don't know whether you're questioning the President's Task Force report (which, actually, was published in December 2005, not in 2006) or the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007, here's a link to both.

The Presidential Report:

http://www.house.gov/fortuno/pdf/PuertoRicoBooklet.pdf

Don't try to go get it from to Fortuño's website. Apparently, the link leading to the report is gone.

Anyhow, on page 8 (12 of 49) it states:

Another possible model of independence is that of the “freely associated states” of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. The freely associated states were part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which the United States administered following World War II. Micronesia and the Marshall Islands became independent in 1986, and Palau became independent in 1994, after Congress approved negotiated “compacts of free association” with the territories. Among other rights, they therefore gained the full right to conduct their own foreign relations. The freely associated states retained close ties to the United States, however, and the United States continued to provide security, defense, and various other types of financial assistance and services.
Citizens of the freely associated states may generally enter the United States as nonimmigrants and may establish residence and work here. Although these three compacts did contain clauses requiring the mutual consent of the parties to changes, the renegotiated compacts approved by Congress in 2003 with Micronesia and the Marshall Islands provided for unilateral termination, consistent with the constitutional views discussed above.

Among the constitutionally available options, freely associated status may come closest to providing for the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States that advocates for “New Commonwealth” status appear to desire. But it would need to be made clear to the people of Puerto Rico that freely associated status is a form of independence from the United States and cannot (absent an amendment of the U.S. Constitution) be made immune from the possibility of unilateral termination by the United States.


On the P.R. Democracy Act:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:1:./temp/~c110Ja9SYB::

Check out Section 3(c)(2):

Sovereign nation: Puerto Rico should become a sovereign nation, either fully independent from or in free association with the United States under an international agreement that preserves the right of each nation to terminate the association. If you agree, mark hereXXX.

Erwin C. said...

Thanks for providing your sources and your comments, el loco.

I slightly modified the post (see the last sentence) in order to clarify what may have been an error on my part.

El Loco said...

No blood, no foul, Erwin! ;)

RONBOTHUNTER said...

WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPPOSES YOUR RIGHT TO BE FREE!!

Puerto Ricans, whether they are called Independents (independentistas), Patriots or Nationalists or Freemen, who desire to be free, must always know that the federal government, here in the States has no “subject matter jurisdiction” over the person, case or location and should be challenged to proof it. These are magic words to learn when in Court for desiring freedom for your/our Country.

You won’t be told this in court but: All jury members, judges, attorneys, and employees working in federal court, must reside in federal territory to legally be a federal juror or touch your case or they can be commercially sued, disbarred and financially ruined for violating your constitutional rights etc.

Your god given right to be free is not wanted by the USA, it will oppose your desire for independence and freedom, because the Federal USA is a profit based Corporation.

The Federal Government is a District of Columbia “Corporation”, as are all the States of the USA. These Corporations were formed for the benefit of the real owners. Since June of 1933, everything since then, is under Contract law or commercial law, aka Admiralty law, to benefit your masters in power.

The Federal Government owns Puerto Rico as an ASSET, because it is a slave colony—whether you like the idea or not. But the Federal Government takes orders from those who own and run this (Corporation) Country, but are not of this country. The International Bankers, who really own the corporations called the USA, will let PR be free, only if enough real men of Boricua blood wish to be free, by reserving their rights under the Constitution. Their books will be adjusted and we will be free.

The answer to your freedom lies in your Constitutional rights --- To win --You must always reserve your constitutional, commercial rights and know what they are and how to do so.

The USA has been the biggest alien invaders the world has ever known. In order to win your freedom, you must oppose them by knowing that their weakness lies in their violations and in their treasons to the Constitution and to the common law and common law remedies.

The majority of Americans have no idea that the USA has killed more Latinos, than Hitler Killed Jews, The USA has supported Traitors, Dictators, Gringitos, Butchers, Sociopaths, and Megalomaniacs who were supported and kept in power by these monsters, sucking up to the Anglo Alien Invaders.

Latin America has had enough of this form of genocide of Latinos. That includes other African, Asian etc. countries that lost millions of innocent people from USA aggression.

I want to vomit every time some ignorant fools says: “If you don’t like it here –go home”.

If the Alien Invaders would get out of each and every Latin Country and stop interfering in our affairs—it would make sense to say such a stupid thing. But unless the (Feds) Snakes get out of Latin America-we have just as much right to be here!!! So, grin and put up with it—this was once our land.

A Puerto Rican without a desire for independence and/or freedom from alien control has no heart and soul of a man.

The fact that the public does not know that we are NOT free, makes no difference, to the desire to be free. The PR that wants Statehood is a Gringito, who has no soul of a man left in his traitor's heart. Freedom is happening all over the world and yet we allow Gringitos to kill our right to be free.

A Gringito is a non-Anglo THING, IT is not really a “person”, just like a mass murderer is more like an animal than a person, who internally is so inferior, that he desires to be what he can not be—thus Gringito means little gringo.

The Gringito is like an Uncle Tom to blacks or a collaborator and traitor to many others. To us he/she is all three and much worst. “It” is the enemy of freedom all thru out HUMAN history.

We allow the Alien Invaders to kill, harm, abuse, rape, and scam us and yet the Gringito wants to give our Country away.

This abuse must end. No man or woman is a real Man or real woman who is too scared to fight for their souls and be free. If you listen to the Gringito, you will lose your soul.

Thru out eternity Humanity owes its freedom from slavery, ONLY to brave souls who fought for your right to be free.

The fight will NOT succeed if you don't fight the Gringito enemy/traitor/collaborator at home first. He is there next door and claims he is a real man and tries to give you many excuses of why PR can't be a free Country.

To give away your/our/my Country is not a right of alien invaders, visitors or foreigners with NO Puerto Rican Blood.

The right to vote on THIS ISSUE should NOT be given to NON-Puerto Ricans.

The fight for the independence of Puerto Rico is now non-violent and will be won in the hearts of real men around the World.

The Ronbothunter,

A proud freedom loving Puerto Rican.

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