UN / PUERTO RICO

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The governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla called on the United Nations decolonization committee to “put the case of Puerto Rico to the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization and to the Human Rights Council.” UNIFEED-UNTV

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STORY: UN / PUERTO RICO
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DATELINE: 20 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

20 JUNE 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room dais
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico:
“The people of Puerto Rico here demand that the United States statements supporting 748 resolution of 1953 should be respected and that they do not go back on their word. Therefore, very respectfully on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico I call on the members of this Committee that they put the case of Puerto Rico to the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization and to the Human Rights Council to deal and to launch the necessary procedures for the self-determination in compliance with the norms established by this Organization and by the applicable international law.”
4. Wide shot, conference room dais
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico:
“Puerto Rico is hungry and thirsty for Justice. Here –as governor- I demand our rights within international legality on the basis of the right to self-determination of the people of Puerto Rico, I demand here the help of this Organization to define once again the equal relationship that should exist between Puerto Rico and the United States of America based on the free will of both peoples and not on the will of one being imposed on another.”
6. Wide shot, conference room dais
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico:
“The time has come to take action on the case of Puerto Rico. I will not close without asserting publicly also that the political prisoner from Puerto Rico that has been held in the US for more than thirty years be released. I’m referring to Oscar Lopez Rivera.”
8. Wide shot, attendants applauding

STORYLINE:

The governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla called on the United Nations decolonization committee to “put the case of Puerto Rico to the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization and to the Human Rights Council.”

Speaking today (20 Jun) at UN Headquarters, Garcia Padilla demanded US authorities to comply with the promises made to the UN in 1953 when it requested that Puerto Rico be removed from the Organization’s list of colonies.

He stressed “Puerto Rico is hungry and thirsty for Justice.” He added “I demand our rights within international legality on the basis of the right to self-determination of the people of Puerto Rico.”

Puerto Rico currently holds commonwealth status with the United States. United States citizenship is granted to people born in Puerto Rico. They do not have the right to vote in United States presidential or congressional elections unless they reside on the United States mainland.

Garcia Padilla also demanded the help of the United Nations to define “the equal relationship” that should exist between Puerto Rico and the United States of America based on the free will of both peoples and not “on the will of one being imposed on another.” He added “the time has come to take action on the case of Puerto Rico.”

Finally, the governor publicly voiced his claim to release a political prisoner from Puerto Rico held in the US for more than 30 years. He stressed “ I’m referring to Oscar Lopez Rivera.”
Oscar Lopez Rivera has been imprisoned for 35 years accused of seditious conspiracy and weapons possession.

The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla of PPD (Partido Popular Democratico), was inaugurated on 2 January 2013 following a narrow victory in the 2012 elections. The next elections for Governor, the Senate and the House of Representatives are scheduled for November 2016.
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