Reports filed at UN seeking to end occupations of HI & AK


Interesting little article in the Star-Bulletin today:
GENEVA ┬╗ A group claiming to represent native Hawaiians and Alaskans says it is appealing for U.N. support to pressure the United States into granting indigenous peoples in Alaska and Hawaii full rights as independent states because the occupation of their lands is against international law.

Indigenous World Association, which represents groups from both Alaska and Hawaii, has submitted reports to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the first step in a process that could end in the General Assembly or even with the appointment of special investigators to examine the situation.

"We are independent and occupied peoples," Indigenous World Association spokesman Ronald Barnes said Thursday. "Neither Alaska nor Hawaii has ever ceded these powers."

Indigenous World Association, an umbrella group which has for the first time brought together tribes from Alaska and Hawaii, claims that indigenous lands in both states were illegally occupied.

We know Ron from when my wife Kekula worked with him at the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples several years ago, but I have never heard of this particular group, and I'm not sure who he's working with in Hawaii now. Personally, of course, I think that approaching it from the indigenous perspective will not get very far, first because in Hawaii it was not exclusively the indigenous population that was recognized as an independent state, but a multi-racial national population, and second because the United Nations does not recognize indigenous peoples' rights to independence anyway. But I guess if it helps to raise the issues and the exposure of the situation that could be good.


Posted: Sat - April 22, 2006 at 05:47 PM    
   
 
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