This week, on June 20, the UN Committee on Decolonization (UNDC) resolved that the US must expedite a process, which enables the people of Puerto Rico to exercise their self-determination…and even their independence.
The Committee also ruled that the entire UN General Assembly should examine the political status of Puerto Rico, as soon as possible.
This is a major departure from the past 34 resolutions from the UNDC, dating back to 1962…since it calls for specific actions from both the US government, and the UN General Assembly.
The UNDC also called upon the US to release, without further delay, the Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.
The United States has made it clear it is “not bound” by UN votes.
The application of Res. 1514 (XV) to Puerto Rico would thus be non-binding…but it would mark the first time in 71 years – since 1945, the year the UN was created – that a majority of nations rejected the US grip on Puerto Rico.
NO DOUBLE STANDARDS FOR CUBA AND PUERTO RICO
The precedent for the UNDC announcement already exists: UN Resolution 1514 (XV) stipulates the right to self-determination of every nation, and the right to reject a colonial relationship.
It is also notable, that yesterday’s UNDC resolution on behalf of Puerto Rico was introduced by the Ambassador from Cuba.
After 118 years of supporting the US economy and fighting in its wars, Puerto Rico has earned – at the very least – the same consideration that is extended to Cuba.