~ Wants outdated Kingdom Charter revised and updated ~
Bonaire:— A delegation from St. Eustatius and Bonaire is presently in the United States of America meeting with the United Nations Decolonization committee where they are pleading their case of excessive interference by the Netherlands.
The committee members are Clive Van Putten from St. Eustatius, Mr. Finies from Bonaire, advisors Xavier Blackman and Dr. Corbin who studied the Kingdom Charter in 2013 and found that the islands namely Statia, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao does not have full autonomy.
The objective of the meeting and filing of complaint by the two smaller islands is to also request that these islands be placed back on the ‘reporting list” since the islands did not get full autonomy from the Netherlands and there is excessive meddling with the internal affairs of the islands and countries within the Kingdom.
The delegation felt that since the decolonization the countries and islands of the Kingdom never got full autonomy and that there were no real measure of self- governance.
When Dr. Corbin analyzed the Kingdom Charter in 2013 he found that there was a democratic defect in the charter thus forbidding the countries and islands from having full self- governance as required by the United Nations Decolonization Committee.
It should also be noted in 2015 St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao filed a complaint with Parlatino against the Netherlands for excessive meddling with their internal affairs.
The objective for the complaint by St. Eustatius and Bonaire is to enable them to re-negotiate, update and clean up the Kingdom Charter since it appears that the Netherlands is fully aware that the Kingdom Charter is outdated and needs to be brought up to date.
It is clear that the three countries within the Kingdom namely, St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao that suffers the most with the excessive meddling by the Kingdom are sitting back while Bonaire and St. Eustatius are taking the lead for a new constitutional arrangement whereby the islands and countries within the Kingdom will get full autonomy and the role of the Netherlands will be reduced to three areas, namely defense, Foreign Affairs, and issues of Nationalities.
The intention is to also remove the need of a governor if and when they get the opportunity to re-negotiate the Kingdom Charter, since the position of a Governor is a colonial idea and also outdated.
Another objective is to be able to introduce English as the official language in the Kingdom Charter and to allow the English speaking islands to be part of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Justice. The representatives of the two islands felt it is undemocratic to have a legal system in language which 99% of the population does not speak or read. The idea is being supported by the fact that the English Language has been introduced in the Educational system while schools are able to use the Caribbean Examination Council (CxC) as their primary examination each year, thus making their case much stronger to show that it makes no sense having a legal system only in the Dutch Language.
Source: St. Martin News Network
HAPPENING NOW: St. Eustatius and Bonaire meeting with UN General Assembly Decolonization Committee.