To: UN Special Committee
on Decolonization via email
Committee decision of 22 June 2015 concerning Puerto Rico: hearing of petitioners,
United Nations Headquarters
20 June (2 meetings)
In May 2016,
the United Confederation of Taíno People presented an intervention at the 15th
session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which we
are enclosing with this communication.
and vicious Environmental Racism Puerto Rico is enduring at the expense of the
health of her people, water, land and air, with factors such as
Military Waste; Incinerators; GMO experimentation; Carbon Ashes; Water and
Natural resources being negotiated to accommodate interests of multinationals and
others that just come to the island to squeeze the benefits out
while destroying the economy for the locals, for there are more incentives for
foreigners than there are to help the locals prosper, are just a some examples of the colonial impacts on the island of Puerto Rico .
years, the violation of Human Rights, Cultural Rights, the Right to
Self-determination, Genocide and Ethnocide in Borikén (Puerto Rico) have gone with impunity while the
powers of the empire, which are now on the open continue impacting the people and resources. Violations that this Committee has heard throughout the decades,
and/or via the dialogues about the colonial situation of the island of Borikén, are all the result of the lack of transparency about the real
relationship between the United States and the colonial powers it continues to
execute upon the island and all her peoples, including the indigenous Taino
intimidation methods used, where we have seen leaders that work towards the
independence of the island, either be shot to death, incarcerated, etc., is
another imperialistic way of denying the people of Borikén the right to
protest and work towards the inalienable right to self-determination.
With this in mind, the United
Confederation of Taino People, joins all the other petitioners and states who
have made a call for the immediate release of Oscar López Rivera.
it is also our hope, as was stated by petitioner Mr. José Ortiz-Velez, earlier
this afternoon, that this process goes beyond just the formulation of yet
another Resolution to join another previous 34, but that it results in the
release of Oscar López Rivera, and ultimately and finally as is their inherent
right, for the United States to begin an immediate process of decolonization of
Puerto Rico, to respect the Right to Self –Determination, and the release of
this debt that was created by their imperialistic ways, while exploiting Borikén and its diverse peoples and resources for 118 years.
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