Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Written Evidence

Submission from Wil Pineau, Secretary, NGO Constitutional Working Group, Cayman Islands

  I am writing to provide you with information about the work of the non-governmental organizational (NGO) constitutional working group that was established following the release of the Partnership for Progress and Prosperity report released by Her Majesty's Government in 1999. The NGO group includes the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce (, the Cayman Ministers' Association, People for Referendum (, Concerned Citizens Group and the Forum.

  Since the 1950s there has been widespread interest in learning about constitutional matters, but the education process has been limited. The attached documents provide information about the efforts the various NGO groups have attempted to make in this process. We contacted the United Nations Decolonization Committee for educational material on this subject. For ease of reference their website is

  We would welcome a visit by your group to the Cayman Islands so that we could meet to discuss these matters. We also suggest that a meeting open to the public be convened so that our people can be further educated on the subject of the relationship between ourselves as an Overseas Territory and our Administering Power, the United Kingdom. Should you wish to discuss any of the above or any of the attachments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  Thank you for the opportunity to submit these documents.

    Fourth Committee 2007 reports to the UN General Assembly:

    Fourth Committee press releases 2007:

  Decolonisation Regional Seminars (despite repeated requests by the UN to host these seminars in a non self governing territory this occurred only in May 2003 and the seminar was held in Anguilla. In 2007 we understand that it was the wish of the Decolonization Special Committee to convene the 2007 regional seminar in the Cayman Islands but this did not occur.) The NGO Constitutional Working Group was represented at the Anguilla seminar in 2003 and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2005. The annual seminar documents:

  Historical General Assembly resolutions:

  The General Assembly Resolution 1654 you will note that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was a founding member of the special committee.

1 February 2008

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