Is the USA guilty of crimes against humanity?

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


The following is Wikipedia’s explanation of it:

Crimes against humanity are certain acts that are purposely committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian or an identifiable part of a civilian population. The first prosecution for crimes against humanity took place at the Nuremberg trials. Crimes against humanity have since been prosecuted by other international courts (for example, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court) as well as in domestic prosecutions. The law of crimes against humanity has primarily developed through the evolution of customary international law. Crimes against humanity are not codified in an international convention, although there is currently an international effort to establish such a treaty, led by the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative.

Unlike war crimes, crimes against humanity can be committed during peace or war.[1] They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. War crimesmurdermassacresdehumanizationgenocideethnic cleansingdeportationsunethical human experimentationextrajudicial punishments including summary executions, use of weapons of mass destructionstate terrorism or state sponsoring of terrorismdeath squadskidnappings and forced disappearancesuse of child soldiersunjust imprisonmentenslavementtorturerapepolitical repressionracial discriminationreligious persecution and other human rights abuses may reach the threshold of crimes against humanity if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice.

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In the case of Puerto Rico, the United States Government (USG) made sure that the Treaty of Paris of 1898 contained specific language that made it clear that Puerto Ricans had no right that the USG had to respect. 121 years later, Puerto Rico is still a colony of the USG.

The USG knows perfectly well that it is committing crimes against humanity. It has violated for the past 75 years the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits committing crimes against humanity. It has ignored 38 UN resolutions asking the USG to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. And it is aware that the Gallup International Polls repeatedly reveal that the world overwhelmingly considers the USG as the biggest threat to world peace.

Therefore, it is incumbent on all people of good to engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to cease committing crimes against humanity. We must, because those who commit crimes against humanity don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!

There is no doubt about it!

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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