Puerto Ricans are "profoundly" unhappy that their political future remains undecided and controlled by the United States, a World Council of Churches president has told a U.N. advisory body.

Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, with a population of 3.8 million, is a semi-autonomous commonwealth attached to the United States.Eunice Santana, who comes from Puerto Rico and is an ordained minister of the Disciples of Christ church, told the U.N. Committee on Decolonization on 10 August that Puerto Ricans felt "powerless" in a society marked "by division, intolerance and dependence". She was speaking on behalf of the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches on International Affairs.

U.N. hearings on Puerto Rico's status come at a time when the Caribbean island's residents are examining their history and debating their future.