Provisional Government REPUBLIC OF NEW AFRIKA OPEN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SISTER ASSATA SHAKUR Article 14 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees are recognized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika (PG-RNA) as the applicable legal basis on which Assata Olugbala Shakur should be rightfully afforded international refugee status protection. According to the Convention, a refugee, is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. As an additional safeguard, the Convention has incorporated the principle of non-refoulement which provides that no one shall expel or return (” refouler “) a refugee against his or her will, in any manner whatsoever, to a territory where they fear threats to their life or freedom. In plainer terms, a refugee is not to be hunted down for capture and returned to the country of origin in exchange for a bounty or reward! Thusly, because she unconditionally believes that the New Afrikan population of the U.S. has a fundamental human right to choose how and by whom they will be governed; fearlessly understands that armed struggle is a legitimate means of self-defense under international law; and undeniably remains a living symbol of resistance to U.S. imperialism and lawlessness; Assata is now, and has been for the past twenty-nine (29) years, in political asylum in the Republic of Cuba. We, the PG-RNA, issue our highest gratitude and respect to the Cuban government for protecting our Sister and other citizens of the Republic of New Afrika. Assata’s revolutionary alliances with the Black Panther Party, the Republic of New Afrika and other New Afrikan Independence Movement (NAIM) formations in the 60’s and 70’s fiercely launched her onto a course of relentless pursuit and unparalleled persecution by U.S. state and federal law enforcement agencies which eventually catapulted her to political prisoner status. Following a series of false criminal charges and nationwide manhunts, in May 1973, Assata was captured in connection with a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike during which a state trooper was killed, along with our brother, Zayd Malik Shakur. Thereafter, she was held at several different state prisons over a six and one-half (6½) year period. Sister Assata spent the most egregious and inhumane time at the Yardville Youth Correction and Reception Center in New Jersey where she was the only female inmate and was kept in solitary confinement for a period of three (3) years. Her persecution continued as she was the subject of countless indictments and criminal trials. Of these trials, three resulted in acquittals; one in a hung-jury; one in a change of venue, one in a mistrial and three indictments were dismissed without trial. On March 25, 1977, Assata was wrongfully convicted of murder in the New Jersey Turnpike incident, although she sustained gunshot wounds which made it “anatomically impossible” for her to have shot anyone. She was sentenced to mandatory life along with additional time for a variety of other felonies. On November 2, 1979 Assata, with the assistance of her comrades, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey. After her escape, she lived as a fugitive for several years until she sought and gained asylum in Cuba in 1984. On May 2, 2005, the FBI’s further persecution of Assata, classified her as a domestic terrorist placing a reward for assistance in her capture at $1,000,000, the largest reward placed on an individual in the history of New Jersey. On May 2, 2013, Assata was unlawfully and questionably placed, as the only female, on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and the State of New Jersey simultaneously increased the reward for her capture to $2,000,000. Assata Shakur continues to be the subject of U.S. persecution and maintains an unbridled comprehension of the threats to her life and freedom. We, the PG-RNA, stand with those who demand the release of all political prisoners of war held by the U.S. We, further, continue to support Assata Shakur as one of our previously held political prisoners in the U.S. now in exile. Sister Assata, rest assured, that we, the PG-RNA, having been founded on the issuance of its Declaration of Independence at a convention attended by 500 New Afrikans (Black) Nationalists on March 31, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan; that we, the PG-RNA having announced a parliamentary strategy for winning independence under basic law and a constitution (“Code of Umoja”); that we, the PG-RNA having designated the Five States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as the New Afrikan nation’s National Territory [subject to agreement with the Indigenous People]; that we, the PG-RNA having committed to winning power by organizing a people’s vote—a plebiscite to determine if the people (and the land) owe primary allegiance to the Black nation, the Republic of New Afrika, or to the United States, in accordance with United Nations resolutions 1514, 1541 and 2625; and that we, the PG-RNA, being further committed to freeing the oppressed New Afrikan nation in North America, to winning reparations from the United States and to exercising our human right of self-determination vow—without hesitation to “Carry It On”! FREE THE LAND!!!