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National Lawyers Guild
San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and four legal and human rights groups filed a petition on September 23 before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the United States for severe human rights violations in the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. For over 60 years, the United States Navy bombed and used biological and chemical warfare on Vieques as part of its military practices, causing decades of continuous contamination of the land, sea and air. As a result of the Navy’s actions, residents suffer disproportionately from diseases like cancer, hypertension, and respiratory illnesses. The Caribbean Institute for Human Rights (ICADH), the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Western New England School of Law and the Alianza de Mujeres Viequenses joined the NLG on the brief.