PEOPLE FOR REFERENDUM
C/O P. O. BOX 900
GRAND CAYMAN KY1-1103
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2011
Contact: Dennie Warren Jr.
E-mail address: email@example.com
UN Decolonisation Seminar Set for Cayman Islands 24-26 May
People For Referendum welcomes the announcement from the United Nations Decolonisation Committee that their annual UN Decolonisation Seminar for 2011 will be held in the Cayman Islands May 24 to 26, 2011. Dennie Warren Jr., Chairman of People For Referendum said:
“For many years our organization and all other organizations in the Constitutional Working Group requested government to first work towards ensuring that the Annual UN Decolonisation Seminars be held only in one of the remaining sixteen (16) listed Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGT’s) and that the Cayman Islands be one of those NSGT’s hosting this very important UN committee. Governance education in the NSGT’s is generally very poor and holding these meetings in the NSGT’s is one way to educate the public on their governance system thereby enabling the electorate to make informed decisions in elections and referendums.”
All matters discussed by this UN committee directly relate to the governance relationship between the territories and our respective Administering Powers. Holding seminars in the NSGT’s helps to educate the people about the governance options UN Resolutions obligate all Administering Powers make available to their NSGT’s:
A) Integration with the Administering Power or,
B) Free association governance relationship with the Administering Power or,
C) Becoming an independent state.
Some UN member states such as New Zealand , France and Holland appear to be compliant with their UN obligations by allowing the electorate in their various territories the UN mandated self-determination right of choosing between the three available options.
Unfortunately for the UK NSGT’s, the UK is historically non-compliant with their UN obligations by repeatedly stating that all of their NSGT’s must take the constitutional relationship the UK decrees or go independent. They retain the power of “Order in Council” in the UK maintains total governance by decree powers in the Colonies, in all governance subjects; in retaining the power of “Order in Council”, the UK refuses to devolve any governance powers to their NSGT’s.
Dennie Warren said:
“In the constitutional negotiations People For Referendum called upon our government and the UK government to hold the constitutional negotiations in the Cayman Islands, to make all meetings open to the public and to make all proceedings freely available on the internet. Some of the negotiation meetings were held in the Cayman Islands but behind closed doors. Since then, and for the first time, proceedings of the constitutional negotiation are now available to the public on the internet.”
People for Referendum is again calling on the UN, the UK and the Cayman Islands government to hold the UN Decolonisation 2011 Seminar in the Cayman Islands open to the public.
For more information visit:
2011 UN Decolonisation Seminar Press Release:
UN Decolonisation website:
UN Decolonisation Cayman Islands 2011 Working Paper:
Overseas Territories Review:
Constitutional Reform and Political Identity in the Non-Independent Caribbean http://overseasreview.blogspot.com/2010/01/constitutional-reform-and-political.html
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