Resolution on Puerto Rico
Latin America and the Caribbean in the global financial crisis: Meeting of the SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean in Guatemala, 23-24 March 2009
The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, meeting in La Antigua Guatemala on 23-24 March 2009, calls on SI parties to intensify their efforts with their respective governments so that at the United Nations they support the unanimously approved request by the Special Committee on Decolonization for the UN General Assembly to examine the colonial case of Puerto Rico in its entirety.
The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean expresses its solidarity with the request, also unanimously approved by the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, asking the President of the United States to free the Puerto Rican political prisoners that have been held for more than twenty-eight years in United States prisons for reasons relating to the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico. The Committee also rejects any attempt on the part of the United States government and armed forces to use once more the Island of Vieques for any purpose.
Lastly, the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean congratulates the Puerto Rican Independence Party, PIP, which this year celebrates the Centenary of its founder, Don Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, a Puerto Rican and Latin American patriot, whose exemplary dedication to the cause of freedom for Puerto Rico situates him in the illustrious company of those who fought for the independence of Latin America and the Caribbean.