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Premier asks for UN support to raise awareness of self-gov’t options in VI

October 6th, 2023 | Tags: Natalio D. Wheatley UN UK self-determination BVI VI
Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has asked for United Nations (UN) support in raising awareness of the options of self-governance in the VI. Photo: Facebook/File
The Premier was at the time delivering a speech to the Special Committee on Decolonization at the United Nations General Assembly on October 3, 2023. Photo: VINO/File
The Premier was at the time delivering a speech to the Special Committee on Decolonization at the United Nations General Assembly on October 3, 2023. Photo: VINO/File
NEW YORK, NY, USA – Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has asked for United Nations (UN) support in raising awareness of the options of self-governance in the VI.

The Premier was at the time delivering a speech to the Special Committee on Decolonisation at the United Nations General Assembly on October 3, 2023.

“The British Virgin Islands journey on the path of self-determination continues. The greater autonomy of the territory through constitutional advances has come in stages, driven by the growth and development of the society and the aspirations of our people.” 

He added that the territory will soon arrive at another historical juncture in which further constitutional advances must be considered as the constitutional review is currently underway and will conclude in the very near future.

“Once completed, the people of the British Virgin Islands, the Territory Government, and the UK Government will have to prepare to engage in the next constitutional steps in the self-determination process. The key issue will be the devolution of additional powers to the elected arms of government and whether a change of political status will be sought.”

Bringing awareness to options of Self-Government 

This he said can be supported by the UN and that has a responsibility to assist the Virgin Islands and other non-self-governing territories in helping to raise the awareness of their people under UN-sanctioned options to achieve a full measure of self-government, Including integration, free association and independence.

“I want to restate once again that the British Virgin Islands would be most grateful for the support of the relevant UN agencies and departments to assist us in our efforts to raise the awareness of the people of the islands on the process of self-determination and the options available to the non-self-governing territories.”

The Premier used the opportunity to also request for a C24 visiting mission, as was the case since 2019, which he said has not materialised from 2019 and 2022, despite the requests.

“I'm well aware that the current chair of the C24 is working extremely hard on this and has been an exceptional chair. She requires the robust support of the Members of the Special Committee on Decolonisation as well as this committee to make the visit a reality within the next five months.”

32 Responses to “Premier asks for UN support to raise awareness of self-gov’t options in VI”

  • boy go siddung (06/10/2023, 10:58) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    • @ boy go siddung (06/10/2023, 12:04) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      Gotta love the hypocrisy Where the governor remains your god
    • Boh (06/10/2023, 16:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Pre@ier I beg you go clean up eastend your district duty the ghut infront the police station so stink and duty plus42nd Street. How you want to self govern and you district is so so nasty. Not even that you can handle much less govern , stop talking
  • (06/10/2023, 11:01) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
    We with you premier
  • Nice (06/10/2023, 11:27) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    The UN needs to do more than just raise awareness of self government but ensure a deadline for that for all OTs as well as independence. Slavery days are over.
  • Youth (06/10/2023, 11:29) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    The UN must stand firm to abolish forthwith the powers of any country to have the power to suspend another country's constitution. It is wrong. It is dictatorship. It is a slap in the face of democracy.
    • Yafo (08/10/2023, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Constitution should be suspended when a maths teacher/drug lord try to run ting.
  • Mind Games (06/10/2023, 11:35) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    History shows that whenever the UK realizes an OT is developing and making advancements towards independence they always come up with a well organized plot to claim corruption and get the people divided with no trust in each other and their leaders so the movement can be thwarted in a way it looks like the people doing it when really it is them. People are up to their games. Release the OTs because the UK has failed to raise their children and they had to raise themselves now they want to come to force them to be children again because they are claiming they do not like how they turn out. This is not only ignorance but oppression. Free the people now not later.
  • lodger (06/10/2023, 11:35) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who writes his speeches?
  • Let's face it (06/10/2023, 11:42) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    Everything about black Caribbean people the UK Officials look as corrupt and lacks transparency. The one sided COI which they pre-organized to get a specific story to try to justify their preauthored conclusions was not transparent nor thorough. Notice they did not go at the Financial Services imdustry because a lot of UK investors are registered in the BVI so they prefer to try to take over the BVI to get control of Financial Services afterwards. It is all about the money and not the people. The UN should not let these things get to this point. They need to put their foot down and regulate the UK & other large countries to give clear guidelines and timelines for self governance and independence to be offered to their dependent territories as even the term dependent for a country to another is racists.
  • UK Strategy (06/10/2023, 11:48) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    A lot of people do not realize if the UK suspends your constitution they are in control fully which means they are in control of Immigration. This is significant because through a set of non electer UK public servants like the Governor and others he will put in place can pass laws and policies to make all UK residents automatically BVI residents. This means at anytime any of the 5 million UK residents can come and live and flood out the BVI and each OT. This will out number each country so the issue of independence will be dead as they will always have the majority to vote it down. This is one of their intentions so BVI and all Caribbean OT watch the game. STAY AWOKE.
  • Anegada youth (06/10/2023, 11:51) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    In the 21st century the position of Governor must be an elected position thereby accountable to the people.
  • Like I said before (06/10/2023, 11:54) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    We have an ambitious goal Independence is A MUST
  • Ask the UN (06/10/2023, 12:06) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ask the UN for them to do an independent assessment of the COI in terms of how the Commissioner was hired, how the staff was selected, who actually wrote the recommendations, if it was really independently done from interference by the UK & Governor and collusion, were all the procurement laws followed for hiring, did it follow the laws of the BVI Commission of Inquiry, were all letters written by the Governor to his bosses and those sent to the UK Parliament factual and make all of them public, if the COI was culturally bias or set up with cultural bias, did the terms of reference allowed for a thorough and balance process and procedures, did the COI lawyers illegally practice law in the BVI, and how much was the cost including all benefits and expenses. I am sure this will reveal the COI was not transparent and did not reflect good governance. This questions need answers and the issues need rectifying all by an independent body.
  • JVD (06/10/2023, 12:08) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    How come the UN is not checking the UK out to find out how come in the 21st century there is not one black Governor to date. This is a clear sign of a lingering colonial mentality and conduct.
  • resident (06/10/2023, 12:18) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    he looks hiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhas a kite in that pic
  • Not Right (06/10/2023, 12:18) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Elections allows for democracy where the people's voices through their votes are heard. They vote who they want to represent their affairs. If these people are not working in their best interest then the people have the power to vote them out and vote in new leaders. Neither the UK nor their Governor has ever ran for office in the BVI and asked the people to select them run their affairs. So no order in council should give such powers to non-elected people to run the affairs of the BVI people or any other country. It is not right. It does not represent good governance nor democracy. It is high handed and a modern day slavery whip, law, and action. The UN needs to preserve democracy and ban these actions worldwide as these actions are wrong.
  • same old (06/10/2023, 12:20) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Whenever the UK want to take over anything they always play the corruption card as if they are clean. I am sick of their racist actions and mentality cloaked as good governance.
  • who cares (06/10/2023, 12:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is not about who tek over, is about getting rid of the assinninity in the government, starting from the ring leader! SCHTOOPIDNESS!
  • Contrarian (06/10/2023, 12:32) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I’m not averse to the UN, Caricom, OECS, etc advocating for more self- determination pursuits but the local government must fully engaged in a robust public education and outreach program on the pros and cons, various political status options, ie, integration, free association, independence, etc. We also need to understand that the UN does not have the unilateral power to force member countries to do anything they don’t want to do. Take for example Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the UN passed resolution upon resolution but Russia just thumb its nose, telling the UN it does give a flying f...k what it thinks. In regards to the UN and member countries seriousness about colonial countries and their colonies, Man jack in another blog posted a powerful and interesting commentary on why UN and members, especially how colonial masters may just give lip service and take a hands off approach to other colonial masters dealings with their colonies. Moreover, we must take an active, unified role in fighting our battles. Colonialism was/is about dependency so we should not expect the Colonialists to fight our battles to free us. A golden rule is that one should not ask the creator of a problem to fix the problem he/she created. The government needs to prepare the populace for a vote on a referendum on self-determination. The UK and the VI, along with other OTs are in prisoner’s dilemma situation. A prisoner’s dilemma is a game theory about trust. What is the level of trust between the UK and VI people?
    • RealPol (06/10/2023, 20:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Contrarian, good insight into the functioning of the UN and a good read. Indeed, the BVI and the UK are in a prisoner’s dilemma situation, lacking trust. The BVI must unite, as numerous commentators have advocated must done to successfully fight its battles. Division will keep the BVI in a stagnating, stalemate situation.
    • @ Contrarian (07/10/2023, 06:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Contrarian, the UK’s colonialism initiative started as a lie and is a lie. Remember the big lies , 1)Blacks were inferior and subhuman, b) divinely whites were superior to Blacks, c) Blacks role in life was servile and to serve whites, d)colonialism was a civilizing mission, etc. It ( colonialism)started as a big lie and continues as a big lie. The truth is colonialism is an extractive, exploitive, expropriative, racially superior, unearned special privileges and entitlements, social Darwinism, etc., institution. The BIg lie has been exposed and there is little or no trust between the UK and its OTs, the last remnants remnants of the once mighty British Empire, the largest empire in history which controlled approx 25% of the globe. The empire made the UK wealthy and powerful. Now it is trying to hold on to relevance and exert influence through Global Britain, Commonwealth of Nations. etc. It is treating the Commonwealth as if it is monarchical organization which can only be led by the UK’s monarch. Little or trust between UK and VI , creating a prisoner’s dilemma situation/environment.
  • Dsisy (06/10/2023, 12:34) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    While it is necessary for every country to seek self determination and prepare its people the BVI is far from ready. We have a weak Government who has little or no understand of what it takes to run a country. People in the BVI are suffering from high cost in Banks Insurance ',Taxes electricity with no money in the country. The rich is living rich and the poor is living poor
  • Yes to UK (06/10/2023, 12:41) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Nice the UN doesn’t control the UK or most of the people of the BVI.
  • Truth (06/10/2023, 14:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's a pertinent question to ask why our government hasn't yet engaged with the deep insights of Hon. Calvin Malone on the matter of independence. His comprehensive and academic contributions, further evidenced by his continued dedication with the 'One VI Agenda' group, clearly reflect a heartfelt commitment to our territory's advancement, even without holding a formal public office role. We must remember, this topic is much bigger than mere political divides or individual differences. It's about the future .
  • PT09 (06/10/2023, 15:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    @UK Strategy thats bull $h1t
  • mix up (06/10/2023, 15:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My first observation is that people seem to think that we should wait until the country is in perfect shape to go independent. This will never be the case destabilization will always be employed as a counter offensive. The other observation is in regards to the UN which is controlled by the same forces that have us in bondage. Dominant western countries have veto powers over any UN resolution further more the UN is being used by these same powers to promote their interests in third world countries so that is like reporting crime to the criminals. The premier needs to understand what is really going on with the UN which country have they ever given independence did he see the video of the UN vehicle that crashed in Africa loaded with gold. Did he attend the sessions where various African leaders were exposing the UN and asking them to leave their countries what makes him think that they will be our Santa Claus.
  • Hypocrisy (06/10/2023, 19:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier needs to make sure that all UN Conventions on Human Rights are upheld, that persons born here to non- bvislanders are not rendered stateless, and that the immigration policies are clear and just.
  • Common Sense (07/10/2023, 12:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why do these people keep on flogging a dead horse, the BVI only has to answer to the UK’s demands, if, it wants to remain British. Independence is there on a plate, the people just have to ask for it, then, the BVI is free to do whatever it wants. Why does the Premier just not ask for it ???
  • No men land (08/10/2023, 02:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What good leader will keep a free nonstop concert
    And can even fix the road
  • Yafo (08/10/2023, 19:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all intelligent enough to know that if the UK gone the finance industry gone. What we survive on? Tourism isn’t enough. Please stop this charade and make peace and work together.

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