Committee on Decolonization unanimously adopted resolution on self-determination of Puerto Rico
“We demand the release, without delays, of the Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned for more than 35 years in a US detention center for his fight for the independence of Puerto Rico,” said Humberto Rivera Rosario, representative of Cuba.
This resolution was presented in the framework of the sessions of the United Nations Committee on Decolonization, where more than 58 organizations took the floor to request this UN body to review the current situation of the Caribbean island, although this is not part of the list of non-self-governing territories.
During this session, Maria Lourdes Santiago, representative of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, proposed that Rafael Ramirez, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee on Decolonization, acts as good officer to promote dialogue between the United States and Puerto Rico to discuss the island’s political status; this proposal was supported by the delegations of Cuba and Venezuela.
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"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
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"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"