Former Turks and Caicos premier, Michael Misick has sought the intervention of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, alleging a number of violations by the British.
The Turks and Caicos Islands remain a colony of the United Kingdom. In a 2,000-word letter released to the media, Misick accused the British of violating three conventions: the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the UN Charter and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The British are signatories to all three conventions. According to the former premier who has sought asylum in an unknown territory, his countrymen are faced with a range of issues.
Missick said the Governor, Ric Todd, is the sole authority in the colony who makes executive decisions, and legislation and appoints the Prosecutor and the judges.
The letter states that people in his country are being denied the right to self-determination and their right to freely and without fear conduct open national debate in that regard. In addition, it said they are being denied their right to hold free and fair elections.
Elections have not been held for almost three years, although they were constitutionally due two years ago.
According to Missick, the TCI is a virtual dictatorship, operating without an elected government. Misick who has been living in exile, is faced with a warrant that was issued for his arrest last month.
His political party, the Progressive National Party and his administration were in office from 2003 to 2009. Efforts to get a comment from the Government Press Office in the Turks and Caicos were unsuccessful.