U.S. Accused of Human Rights Violation in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has brought on a human rights violation case against the United States.

According to The Huffington Post, the National Lawyers Guild along with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have filed a petition against the U.S. government in a case involving the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Vieques was once used as a bombing range and the petition, which was filed on Monday on behalf of 10 Vieques residents who had cancer or sick relatives, is accusing the U.S. of abuse following decades of live-fire training by the U.S. Navy on the island.

The petition also states that families living on the island continue to suffer serious health conditions due to the toxic environment found within this former bombing area.

While a cleanup of the area is planned to help with this current situation, The Huffington Post reports it will take up to a decade to complete.