Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Hawaiian sovereignty discussed at UN forum

by Larry Geller

3300 participants attended the seventh UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place in New York at the United Nations.

Hawaii was on the agenda today:

Mr. FYFE, Kaoni Foundation, who spoke on behalf of the Hawaii Caucus, said that Hawaii rightfully belonged on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.  Indeed, a public law had been signed by United States President Clinton in 1993 -- the so-called “apology bill” –- that seemed to signify an acknowledgement that the indigenous peoples of Hawaii had never relinquished their sovereignty, and that the statehood plebiscite of 1959 had been fraudulent.  He noted that, in 2008, the Supreme Court of Hawaii had barred the State from obtaining lands from the public land trust until the question had been resolved.  Also, in 2008, the representative of the Russian Federation had asked the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination why Alaska and Hawaii had been excluded from the decolonization list.  The representative of Romania had asked what steps were being taken to facilitate the self-determination of the Hawaiian people. [Media Newswire]

Update: Scott Crawford posted a comment linking to his extensive discussion of the UN session above. It's very worth reading. Find it here. Can Hawaii move forward with this approach, or are there better or more appropriate alternatives? And Romania??? Click and read more.

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larry, I posted extensive comments on this based on the personal experiences of my wife at the Committee of 24 on decolonization:

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