[Ppnews] Puerto Rico Conference - Resolution calling for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera

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Tue Dec 18 10:24:49 EST 2012


The Summit on Human Rights 2012 for the release of Oscar López Rivera 
and to the
memory of Puerto Rican attorney Juan Santiago Nieves, to whom we owe 
this initiative,
is an ambitious effort for the broadest discussion of the current state 
of human rights in
the world. It is conceived in the principle articulated by compañero 
Oscar that all efforts
for his release should be framed in a context that educates for the 
freedom of the
Homeland and to achieve social justice. Meanwhile, it helps denounce the 
situation of Puerto Rico and highlights the intimate relationship that 
exists between the
case of the Puerto Rican political prisoners and Human Rights.

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico and its inhabitants, without any consultation 
whatsoever and
under military control, were ceded to the United States as war booty via 
the Treaty of
Paris of December 10, 1898.

WHEREAS, the People’s Right to Self-Determination and Independence has been
recognized in Resolution 1514(XV) of 1960 of the General Assembly of the 
Nations; and as Prevailing Norm of Public International Law in the 
Consulting Opinions
of the International Court of Justice on Western Sahara and Namibia.

WHEREAS, no people should be subject to foreign domination, and 
colonialism is a
crime against humanity; thus the inalienable right of a people to 
struggle against
colonialism in all its forms and manifestations is recognized.

WHEREAS, respect for the physicial and territorial integrity of all 
peoples strengthens
friendly relations among peoples, promoting peace and world security.

WHEREAS, all branches of human rights are equally important and 
interdependent. It is
indispensable that the right of self-determination of all peoples be 
respected as a
requirement for the full exercise of all the other rights, collective as 
well as individual, in
accordance with the Vienna Treaty of 1993.

WHEREAS, the demilitarization and the release of all political prisoners 
and prisoners
of war is demanded as a requirement for the effective exercise of the 
right of selfdetermination
of the Puerto Rican people.

WHEREAS, Oscar López Rivera, 69 years old, has been incarcerated for 
more than 31
years in United States prisons because of his commitment and struggle 
for the
Independence of Puerto Rico.

WHEREAS, Oscar López Rivera was convicted for the ideological crime of 
conspiracy and sentenced to 70 years in prison at the beginning of the 
1980’s along
with 14 other political prisoners.

WHEREAS, Oscar López Rivera was not convicted of killing or harming anyone.

WHEREAS, the imprisonment of Oscar López Rivera constitutes a flagrant 
violation of
human rights.

WHEREAS, while in prison he has also been exposed to more than a decade 
of total
isolation, to multiple aggressions, as well as to cruel, inhuman and 
degrading treatment
in violation of the International Charter of Human Rights and the 
Standard Minimum
Rules of the Treatment of Prisoners of the United Nations.

WHEREAS, the political prisoners tried, convicted, and sentenced with 
Oscar López
Rivera were released when President William J. Clinton decided to 
commute their
sentences, after determining that they were disproportionately long and 

WHEREAS, the political prisoners tried, convicted, and sentenced with 
Oscar López
Rivera were released after having spent 16 and 20 years in prison, and 
have integrated
into the life of their communities, living productive and exemplary lives.

WHEREAS, Oscar López Rivera is the Puerto Rican political prisoner who 
has been
held for the longest time in United States prisons in the history of 
Puerto Rico.

WHEREAS, the decision of the United States Parole Commission last year, 
parole and determining that Oscar López Rivera must serve an additional 
15 years
before it would consider him for parole again, when he will be 83 years 
old, constitutes
an extraordinary and unbelievable exacerbation of the violation of his 
human rights.

WHEREAS, the civil society of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican community in 
the United
States and leaders of all the political parties, labor unions, religious 
and cultural
institutions demand the immediate release of Oscar López Rivera.

WHEREAS, on the international level as well, his immediate release is 
demanded by
prominent personalities from Latin American, African, Asian and European 

WHEREAS, the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations, as well as 
the Non-
Aligned Movement, have passed multiple resolutions calling on the 
President of the
United States to release Oscar López Rivera.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED: on the 64th anniversary of the adoption of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, those who participated in and 
attended the
Summit on Human Rights 2012:

FIRST: demand unconditional respect for the right of self-determination and
independence of the People of Puerto Rico by means of the immediate 
transfer of all
sovereign powers;

SECOND: ask the President of the United States Barack Obama to exercise his
constitutional power of presidential pardon to order the immediate and 
release of Oscar López Rivera.

THIRD: commit to the broad dissemination of the violation of human 
rights that Puerto
Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is experiencing and to 
struggle vigorously
for his immediate release.

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 10, 2012.
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
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