Uphold International Law


by José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


The UN Charter, in its Preamble, set an objective: «to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained». Ever since, the development of, and respect for international law has been a key part of the work of the Organization.  This work is carried out in many ways – by courts, tribunals, multilateral treaties – and by the Security Council, which can approve peacekeeping missions, impose sanctions, or authorize the use of force when there is a threat to international peace and security, if it deems this necessary.

These powers are given to it by the UN Charter, which is considered an international treaty.  As such, it is an instrument of international law, and UN Member States are bound by it.  The UN Charter codifies the major principles of international relations, from sovereign equality of States to the prohibition of the use of force in international relations. Click on the following link to see the original text of what was cited above:

The United States (US) government is one of the biggest violator of international law.  Most countries of the world consider the US government as the greatest threat to world peace.  Said government goes entirely against the essence of the establishment of the UN.  In its 240-year history, it has cared nothing about, “establishing conditions under which justice and respect for the obligation arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained.”

Let’s just take the case of Puerto Rico.  The US government has recently said that Puerto Rico is its property, and can sell her to anyone if it wants to.  That alone proves the total disrespect that the US government has towards Puerto Ricans!

The United Nations has issued thus far 35 resolutions asking the United States government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, because international law says that colonialism as a crime against humanity.  And as such, colonialism constitutes a threat to world peace.  So, what has the US government done about it?

The US government has ignored them all!  And to add insult to injury, US President Obama recently signed into law the Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board, so that his government could continue to exploit Puerto Rico.  And that without a doubt is the US government’s view on the threat to world peace.

I think that it has long passed the time that the UN should have used its authority to use force against the United States for maintaining a constant threat to international peace and security!

We the people are the ones who will need to peacefully protest for Puerto Rico decolonization, because those who care nothing about the threat to international peace and security don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL!

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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