Click on the above link to see a video of Puerto Rico's Resident Commissioner Pierluisi speak to the United Nation's Decolonization Committee in June 2013 .
I think Pierluisi makes an outstanding presentation! However, I would like to point out the following:
- He calls Puerto Rico's present political status an unincorporated territory. That refers to United States constitutional language. Under international law, Puerto Rico's political relationship to the United States is a colonial one. He is speaking in this video to the international community of the United Nations, and as such, he should have used the word colony instead of referring to Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory.
- He claims that even if Puerto Ricans had ever endorsed the current colonial political status at one time, since the November 6, 2012 referendum where 54% rejected it, that endorsement has been withdrawn! Pierluisi, as a lawyer, knows that, once international law proclaimed colonialism a crime against humanity, even if, 100% of the Puerto Ricans had wanted to remain a colony of the United States, that still wound not have justified this illegal relationship. He, and his party, should have been protesting since 1960!
- There is a lot of controversy about how many Puerto Ricans actually favor Puerto Rico becoming another state of the United States of America. Notwithstanding that, the only route for Puerto Rico, according to international law, is to become a self-governing nation. It is only after that point, that Puerto Rico could decide to petition the United States to become a state of the United States of America. It will be only then that we will know for sure how many Puerto Ricans favor statehood for Puerto Rico.