The conflict in Ukraine demonstrates the volatility of world conditions. For generations, the Original Peoples of the Pacific have protested the imposed militarization of our islands by the United States as it puts the people living on our islands in abject danger, and possible annihilation, by America's enemies. The major U.S. military build-up in the Pacific, along with recent mishaps, show that the U.S. has no regard for the people’s safety and welfare, and much less in the event of an attack, especially involving nuclear weapons. In this panel discussion representatives of Hawaii, the Marianas (Guam), and Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) implore the Human Rights Council to protect our people from being targets in foreign conflicts by demanding the U.S. denuclearize and demilitarize our islands.
UN Human Rights Council 49th Session, 17 March 2022, Geneva, Switzerland
Co-sponsored by the Koani Foundation and the Peace For Okinawa Coalition
Robert Kajiwara, Hoshin Nakamura, Moneka De Oro, Leon Siu, Emily Kandagawa