DRAFT PREAMBLE FOR THE MONTSERRAT CONSTITUTION MARCH 2002
The people of Montserrat are entitled to preserve for Themselves and future generations, the fundamental Rights and Freedoms to Which they are entitled by virtue of their inherent dignitgy as persons and as citizens of a free and democratic society.
That the People were Emancipated from Slavery but are still living under the system of Colonialism have established a society based on the belief in God and the dignity of each individual.
in the concept of true democracy with free and fair elections.
Our Right to pursue Our Hopes, Visions and Aspirations and Our Right to Self Determination.
That their society is based on social justice, moral and spiritual pinciples democratic values, the rule of law and respect of fundamental human rights and the equitable distribution of resources.
WE THE PEOPLE OF MONTSERRAT EANCIPATED FROM PHYSICAL SLAVERY IN 1838 STILL PRESENTLY LIVE UNDER THE SYSTEM OF COLONIALISM.
That throughout history the economic development of this beautiful island has been adversely affected by natural disasters, and determined never to be daunted by similar experiences in the future, are committed to achieve their objectives with a unity of purpose.
NOW, THEREFORE, the following provisions shall have effect as the Constitution of Montserrat and shall be enshrined in The Montserrat Constitution 2O05.
Based upon our understanding that the Administering Power recognises Our Right to pursue Our Hopes, Visions and Aspirations and has agreed to assist and encourage the attaining of those Rights-:
- We therefore declare that these rights be supported and established-:
- Our right to sustain the identity and culture that has evolved since our emancipation in 1838.
- Our Right to Self Determination.
- Our Right to be governed by those we elect.
- Our Right to eventual Self Government.
- Our Right to pursue according to the United Nations Mandate on Decolonization the principle of Free Association.
- Our Right to Associate with Our regional Sisters and Brothers.
- Our Right to be free from Economic imposition in our pursuit of Self Determination.
- These Rights along with those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights shall form the foundation of the Montserrat Constitution Order 200??, which is an agreement between the Administering Power and the People of Montserrat until such time as the People declare their Independence.
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