US’ dispute over PR

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico has been a United States (US) colony for the past 123 years. Since the United Nations (UN) was created in 1945, the US government has had an ongoing dispute with it over Puerto Rico. Here is why.

The UN’s Charter prohibits colonialism, because it is threat to world peace. It is considered by the international community to be a crime against humanity. Knowing this, the USG lied to the UN in 1953 to get Puerto Rico off its list of colonies. This is how the USG worked that out.

The USG created the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952 in order to camouflage its colony. In 1953, the USG asked the UN to remove Puerto Rico from its list of colonies, because, allegedly, she now has “self-government”. The UN did, but now it knows that that was a lie. Despite knowing the truth today, the UN has refused to put Puerto Rico back on its list.

On Friday, June 18, 2021, the UN had its annual hearing on Puerto Rico decolonization. These hearing are not publicized, not even in states like Florida and New York where a large concentration of Puerto Ricans reside there. Obliviously, the USG wants to keep it in the closet!

That hearing produced the 40th UN resolution asking the USG, once again, to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. We expect that the USG will ignore it too.

This year, the UN commenced its 4th International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.

Isn’t it interesting that the USG is eager to move its military great distances to intervene with China and Russia over their territorial disputes in the name of democracy and human rights? However, it is quite happy to continue with its own criminal behavior at home!

We need to get this discussion out of the closet to determine whether we really have a democracy in the US. How a majority of US citizens could be in favor of their government stopping its blockade against Cuba, but yet that illegal policy continues for more than 60 years? 98% of the UN General Assembly wants that too!

We must engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law. If we don’t, how could we spread democracy and human rights to the rest of the world when we ourselves don’t have it!

US citizens can’t breathe too!

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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