February 23, 2019
Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
Leon Siu – Hawaiian National
• Two UN HQs — Geneva and New York…
Aloha! I’m sending this to you from Geneva, Switzerland, one of the two headquarters of the United Nations. Iʻm here for a couple of weeks.
The Palais des Nations is a sprawling complex with numerous conference rooms and hundreds of offices. This is where the Human Rights Council holds its major sessions three times a year, their Universal Periodic Reviews, and it’s numerous other meetings throughout the year. The Palais des Nations is also where high level talks dealing with the crises in Syria, the Sudan, Myanmar, refugees, migrants, etc., etc. take place. And that’s why we’re here. The people here are focused on humanitarian concerns and are more receptive to human rights side of the situation in Hawaii. Geneva is the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Right Council, the Human Rights Committee, etc.
While in Geneva, I will be attending the 40th session of the Human Rights Council to reiterate and reemphasize the numerous reports and complaints that our people have been submitting for years to bring awareness and empathy to our plight. Mahalo to the many individuals and groups who made their voices known in those human rights venues.
Other significant operations of the UN also located in Geneva are: The World Health Organization, The World Trade Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Intellectual Properties Organization, and so forth. One could say the UN in Geneva is more sympathetic to the human side of international affairs. Geneva is where we have been able to get our story exposed to the international community, „to get our foot in the door”… And it will continue to be a source of friendly relations and mutual support.
• Meanwhile at the UN in New York City…
The UN in New York City is what you usually see in the news. It is home to the United Nation’s ‘governing bodies’ … the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Secretary General. We have maintained at least a perfunctory presence at the UN New York for the last 20 years and are about to dramatically increase our efforts there. More about that in coming installments of Ke Aupuni Update.
• Ku Kiaʻi Mauna! …
The judge in the contested case hearing of the Thirty Meter Telescope decided to ignore the overwhelming body of testimony against its construction, and gave it the green light. The State Supreme Court upheld that decision. So according to the State, the UH, and all the local and international conspirators, the TMT is a go.
But is it? Another showdown is brewing. Lines are being drawn. Protectors are preparing to prevent the construction; The state law enforcement has been given substantial funding (and training) to confront, arrest and prosecute any and all blocking the construction. The state is building a goon squad and adopting ways to restrict public (protectors) access. Protectors are trusting in Aloha ʻĀina and non-violent resistance, … Both sides are determined to prevail. Pray that Kapu Aloha prevails and keeps things from getting nasty.
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Mahalo Nui Loa!