IN 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 1469 under the mistaken belief that the people of Hawaii had exercised their right to self-determination and consented to be integrated into the United States of America. The error aided and abetted the United States in its subjugation and pillaging of the people and lands of the Hawaiian Islands; causing serious injury and trauma to three generations of Hawaiians, depriving them of the right to self-governance and access to and use of their lands and resources. This panel asserts it is time for the UN to meet its obligation to correct its error and ensure just remedy for the sixty years of abuses of the human, civil, political and development rights of the people of the Hawaiian Islands. Sponsored by the International Committee for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (Incomindios). Co-sponsored by the Koani Foundation and the Hawaiian Kingdom. 15 March 2021 at 10:00 am, Geneva, Switzerland. MODERATOR • Mr. Robert Kajiwara– President of Peace for Okinawa Coalition, Special Envoy of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ph.D. A.B.D. History Manchester Metropolitan University, M.A. History University of Nebraska at Kearney, B.A. History University of Hawaii at Manoa PANELISTS • Mme Routh Bolomet – is a descendant of the royal line of Kamehameha, the original rulers of the Hawaiian Kingdom. As such, she is an heir to the privately-held lands of the Kamehamehas and advocating for the repatriation of lands that were taken and sold illegally under the regimes of the (US) Territory of Hawaii and the present (US) State of Hawaii. • Professor Alfred de Zayas – is a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law and high-ranking United Nations official: former senior lawyer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary of the Human Rights Committee, and the Chief of Petitions. Most recently, he served as the original UN Independent Expert for a Democratic and Equitable International Order. He is a professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations and has authored a number of books in several languages. • Amb. Isaias Medina III – International Lawyer and former Diplomat at the United Nations and Legal Adviser of UN Security Council presidency; expert and elected Rapporteur at the UN Commission on International Trade Law and UN 6th Committee of International Law delegate; legal expert for the International Law Commission report and Vice President of UN High Level Ocean Conference. Recently appointed Ambassador-at-Large (to the UN and the US) for the Hawaiian Kingdom. • H.E. Leon Kaulahao Siu – is the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Hawaiian Kingdom and prominent advocate and spokesman for Hawaii’s independence. Minister Siu is a frequent participant at the Human Rights Council and other UN bodies. He is working to normalize the Hawaiian Kingdom’s international relations. He is the founder of the Decolonization Alliance based in New York City, and was nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
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