Puerto Rico, The Debt Crisis and Self-Determination

Puerto Rico, Debit Crises and Self-Determination Conference

Presented By:
The Institute For Multicultural Communications Cooperation and Development, Inc. and
The Center For International Human Rights,
John Jay College Of Criminal Justice

In Support of the United Nations Decolonization Committee

Please join us to explore:

  • How the Free Associated State status has contributed to the debt crisis in Puerto Rico and why the people of the Island, who form a nation, have been unable to secure their right to self-determination through the United Nations decolonization process.
  • Trace the evolution of the principle of self-determination into an international human right and the establishment of the decolonization process as a method to secure this right as recognized in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
  • Explore how the United States has maintained Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory through the adoption of a series of laws known collectively as the
    “Insular Cases”.
  • Paths of decolonization that can guarantee to Puerto Ricans – residing in Puerto Rico and in the Diaspora – their right to self-determination.

Because the complex situation in Puerto Rico is so hard to explain, and recent media coverage is often leaving the public more confused than ever, our organization and the International Center of Human Rights at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice are holding this conference to discuss the foregoing issues. The aim of this event is to give access to clear and important information to the people of Puerto Rico, the U.S. population and the international community.

The Conference, Puerto_Rico_ the_Debt_Crisis_ Press Conference

The Conference, Puerto Rico, the Debt Crisis and Self-Determination: Exploring Paths to Decolonization, will take place on April 13 to 15, 2016, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. It will feature prominent speakers, such as George Andreopoulos, Professor of Political Science at John Jay College; Efren Rivera Ramos, former Dean, University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and author of, “The legal Construction of Identity: The Judicial and Social Legacy of American Colonialism in Puerto Rico,” and The Honorable Juan R. Toruella, Judge, First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Puerto Rico, Debt Crises Conference-Sponsors