Return to full – elected government in St. Eustatius: Reclaiming the Statian Voice

Return to full – elected government in St. Eustatius: Reclaiming the Statian Voice

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Petition to
State Secretary for Kingdom Relations- Alexandra van Huffelen and

Why this petition matters

Started by Citizens of Statia

We, the people of St. Eustatius, together with our allies, seek the support of the international community in demanding that the Dutch State cease the imposed Dutch rule, immediately!

On February 6, 2018, the St. Eustatius elected government was replaced with Dutch appointed representatives, after a committee investigation of the governing situation on the island, accused the elected government of lawlessness, financial mismanagement, discrimination, and intimidation.

To this date, no official charges have been filed against the ousted elected officials.

Statians (citizens of St. Eustatius) struggle for freedom and self- determination must be viewed within a historical context, which ranged from slave rebellions to boycotts and participation in referenda in support of local autonomy for the island.

On October 10, 2010, St. Eustatius became a public entity of the Netherlands, pursuant to article 132a of the 2018 Dutch Constitution, thereby relinquishing local autonomy to the Dutch State. Integration within the Dutch state has never been the will of the statian people

It has been 4 years now since the Dutch intervention in St. Eustatius. Permission was given to the island to organize elections in October 2020. This led to the re-election of all the politicians ousted by the Dutch state.

Even though elections were held, the elected government is still being denied the right to function, as a body will full legislative and budgetary rights, along with the right to appoint its own executive branch. In addition, the Dutch appointees remain in place despite the return to a reduced level of elected government.

We make note of the fact that in the December 2014 constitutional referendum held on the island, a majority of those who voted opted for increased autonomy within the Dutch Kingdom. Even though the voter turnout was below the 60% threshold, the elected government of St. Eustatius later adopted the results of the referendum, setting the stage for more local autonomy.

We appeal to the international community to stand in solidarity with us, as we demand that the Dutch State restore all functions of the island’s elected government. We refrain from the use of the word ‘democracy’ because the public entity status is not necessarily democratic, based on the United Nations definition of a territory whose people have obtained a full measure of self-government (see UN resolution 1541 XV).

Please help us to reclaim our own voice!  





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