P. Rico: Pro-independence Groups Denounces Colonial Situation

Organizations that conform the Boricua Independence Front, such as the Puerto Rican Independence Party Committee of New York, Puertorriqueños Unidos en Acción, El Grito, El País Posible and other patriotic entities such as the Hostosiano del Norte Institute, the Institute of International Relations and the Ñin Negrón Movement

Before today’s session of the United Nations Decolonization Committee on Puerto Rico, two dozen pro-independence and pro-sovereignty organizations, mainly from the diaspora, signed a joint statement recognizing the importance of the international forum to highlight the island’s colonial situation.

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Organizations that conform the Boricua Independence Front, such as the Puerto Rican Independence Party Committee of New York, Puertorriqueños Unidos en Acción, El Grito, El País Posible and other patriotic entities such as the Hostosiano del Norte Institute, the Institute of International Relations and the Ñin Negrón Movement, submitted the statement.

“Puerto Rico is a nation occupied, intervened and dominated politically, economically, legally and militarily by a foreign power called the United States of America. This, as a result of the belligerent military invasion of July 25, 1898,” the text reads.

El Comité de Descolonización de la ONU aprobó la resolución en favor del derecho de Puerto Rico a su libre determinación e independencia – @JoseADelgadoEND para @elnuevodia. https://t.co/V4zKfZZ35w

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“Despite 126 years of colonialism, our idiosyncrasy and identity as a people remains combative and vibrant in the affirmation of its inalienable right to occupy the space that corresponds to it among the free peoples of the world” the statement continues.

Since the second half of the 20th century, the independence movement has trailed significantly behind the pro-Commonwealth and pro-statehood movements at the ballots.

The Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples approved by the UN General Assembly in December 1960, raises the need for the end of colonialism in all its forms and manifestations.

This resolution also defends the right to self-determination and independence of colonized peoples and demands the transfer of all powers to the colonized country so that it can make a truly free decision without tutelage or impositions from the metropolis.