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15th Human Rights Summer Seminar: Human Rights / Sustainability Campus Community DialogueJuly 23, 2014
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Human Rights in Hawai'i and the World

The philosophy of the training program is dedication to the promotion of human rights principles and a culture of peace through education and personal empowerment. The course advocates the use of public law instruments in implementing civil, political, economic, social, cultural, collective and solidarity rights. The week long seminar strives for social justice in the development of a sustainable society in Hawaii.

Every annual seminar includes an action focusing on how Hawaii can participate as citizens of the world to make a difference in a global campaign.

When: Friday, July 25th, 12...
15th Human Rights Summer Seminar: Human Rights Community ForumJuly 23, 2014
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The 15th annual summer seminar focus is Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: From the Sustainable Development Goals to a Binding Treaty on Business & Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review & Hawai'i. The talks will trace the historical developments of human rights of indigenous peoples in international law and the accompanying important institutions and instruments measuring implementation. There will also be discussion about the Universal Periodic Review and how Hawai'i can participate in creating culture of human rights in our islands and influence the global process.
When: Friday, July 25th, 5pm
Informal Interactive Dialogue SummariesJuly 7, 2014
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Studying Civil Resistance Online: A Case Study on Cambodia and VietnamJuly 7, 2014
HIHR In the news
Published: June 17, 2014
By: Daryn Cambridge

Over the past eight months, USIP’s Academy has launched 8 self-paced, online courses, registering more than 3,000 people in more than 134 countries. The work, however, is not solely a numbers game. Peacebuilders, activists and educators working in conflict zones must be able to take the knowledge, skills and perspectives that USIP offers online and adapt them for their own specific needs in the field. A case of young Khmer activists in Vietnam and Cambodia and another involving students in Hawaii interested in peacemaking illustrate the need.

Joshua Cooper works with young Khmer activists. Photo credit: Joshua Cooper.

2nd Annual Honolulu Human Rights Film FestivaNovember 12, 2013
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Honolulu Human Rights Film Festival is back ! 

Come and watch 4 great movies in the Honolulu Museum of art.

Dec. 4 at 7:30pm, Dec. 5 + 6 at 1 + 7:30pm

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Dec 7 at 7:30pm (opening night); Dec 8 at 4pm; Dec. 11 at 7:30pm; Dec. 12 at 1pm

A River Changes Course

Dec. 8 at 1pm; Dec. 10 at 7:30pm; Dec. 11 at 1pm; Dec 13 at 7:30pm

Blood Brother

Dec. 8 at 7:30pm; Dec. 11 at 1pm; Dec. 12 at 7:30pm; Dec. 13 at 1pm
US Foreign Policy in North East Asia: A civil Society Perspective on Human Rights in North KoreaSeptember 27, 2013
Upcoming events
A talk by Betsy Kawamura
Human Rights Activist and director of Wome4NonViolence

October 3, 2013 at 3 p.m
University of Hawai'i, West Oahu (Rm D253)
Subcommittee Hearing: Continuing Repression by the Vietnamese GovernmentJune 4, 2013
Videos, Songs, Films, Reading...
KKF on Panel list for The Congressional Hearing on June 4, 2013
8th International Training Session on the UPRApril 29, 2013
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CIFEDHOP will be holding in Geneva, from October 16th to October 22nd 2013, its 8th International Training Session on the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for educational and civil society organisations. This training session is mainly organised for teachers, educators, researchers, and NGO involved in human rights education.

The Session is organised with the financial support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern, the Canton and the City of Geneva
Earth DayApril 26, 2013
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Earth DayApril 26, 2013
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Earth DayApril 25, 2013
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8th Annual Human Rights DayApril 21, 2013
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Honolulu Museum of Art's programApril 19, 2013
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Come and celebrate Earth Day in Honolulu Museum of Art !April 19, 2013
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Human Rights & Sustainability Campus Community Dialogue The United Nations and You: Mainstreaming Gender in the Pursuit of Global JusticeMarch 7, 2013
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Patrick Madden was named Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) in February 2011. In this role he oversees a national citizen-based network of 120 chapters with a mission to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.
For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through education programs, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, and public events. Madden speaks regularly around the country on the importance of U.S.-UN relations.
13th Annual Women's Rights are Human RightsMarch 1, 2013
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The United Nations: A Vehicle to Address Global Issues of Clean Water, Women’s Rights, Sustainable Development and Human Security Featuring Patrick Madden, UNA-USA Executive DirectorMarch 1, 2013
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- Write for Rights - Indigenous Independence is Instrumental to Realize Human Right to Food and Core Fundamental FreedomsFebruary 20, 2013
Recent writings
Normally, the biggest buzz on the opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature is what kind of grinds are being served in each office. However, this year, the focus was not what's on the plate but what's in the food of our islands. 


The paradigm shift on our plate was shaped by a series of actions by a coalition of civil society. The visit of Vandana Shiva coordinated by Hawaii SEED was the catalyst for changing the conversation. 


The main course of Shiva's visit to Hawaii was a series of speeches on a panel featuring local activists and national advocates focusing on the human right to food. The motivation was to grow a movement in Hawaii...
Human Rights & Sustainability Campus Community DialogueJanuary 31, 2013
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Khmer Kampuchea Krom Youth Network Project - Annual report for 2012January 29, 2013
Annual reports
Obama's Second Term - Our Human Rights Agenda at Home and at the United NationsJanuary 23, 2013
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16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. - Human Rights & Fundamental Freedoms Film FestivalJanuary 18, 2013
Upcoming events
University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu
D 146
12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
- Write for Rights - Sovereignty SundayJanuary 13, 2013
Recent writings
Sovereignty Sunday is a Spiritual Call for New

Directions in All Forms of Self-Determination


Our lives are very busy in today’s time. However, we should all take time to honor

history. More important, we should take action in the present rooted in the lessons

of liberation, peace and human rights. A future of fear or freedom depends on our

determination on a daily basis.


Sovereignty Sunday is one such situation. It is an afternoon of authentic art and

advocacy. Yet, so many enjoy Sunday as a respite before another week of work.

Others are busy catching up from what wasn’t completed. We must bend the hands

of time for pur...
2013 Events CalendarJanuary 11, 2013
Event reviews / summaries


January 18
16th Annual
Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights & Fundamental
Freedoms Film Forum Fest

January 18
Food is a Human Right
Vandana Shiva Forum on Earth Democracy

January 13 – 18
20th Anniversary of 1993 Sovereignty Sunday
- Write for Rights - Alt VehiclesJanuary 2, 2013
Recent writings
New Year Resolution for a EcoFit Planet Through Recycling Our Ride


I didn’t consume planetary sized portions this seasons. However, I decided to go on

a diet – a low carbon one.


Looking at our common waste size, it’s clear we could all examine our lifestyles and

get even more lean eliminating some luxury.


One luxury is a vehicle I obtained mainly for transporting things and when running

late deciding to forego the bus to conveniently ride. Almost a decade ago, I wrote a

column noting I buried my car for Earth Day. I lived years witho...
Happy New Year 2013 - Message from the DirectorJanuary 1, 2013
Message from the Director

Aloha e Fellow Human Rights, Peace & Climate Justice Advocates,

As we are commemorating the New Year, we have accomplished so much together for human rights. Mahalo for all of your support in our endeavors for equity and equality for all people on the planet. We have had quite a busy and bold year together and we believe 2013 will offer even more opportunities for creative collaboration together.
Please take notice of the various conferences, meetings and forums that we will be coordinating and consider participating in partnership. Let's continue our advocacy and ally together to inform and influence public and foreign p...
In 2013 check out the new "Write for Rights Weekly Column"December 26, 2012
Recent writings
- Write for Rights - Senator Inouye

Senator Inouye Life is a Lesson of Human Rights in Hawai’i and the World


The day came many in Hawai’i couldn’t imagine; but, even more didn’t desire to face.

Senator Dan Inouye passed on to what he desired in his life – peace.


Dan had been involved in politics before Hawai’i was even a state in the union. Dan put his political science degree from University of Hawai’i at Manoa into full force. Dan won the first seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Hawai’i as our first full member taking the oath on August 21, 1959. He was elected t...
In Commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenNovember 26, 2012
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Watada Lecture Series West O'ahu with Dr Teresia Teaiwa - Future of Freedom and Peace in the Pacific -November 9, 2012
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Human Rights & Sustainability Campus Community DialogueNovember 8, 2012
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The Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights sponsors monthly Human Rights / Sustainability Campus Community Dialogue focusing on the advancement of persons with disabilities under the theme, Nothing About Us Without Us in Our Nation. It will take place from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Thursday November 8. 
The talk will focus on promoting equality, inclusion, empowerment and the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide with a focus on our families and communities in our country.  The dialogue will feature leadership from the national coalition of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities in Washington D.C.
The decision for the November dialogue t...
Honolulu Human Rights Film Festival ProgramNovember 3, 2012
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Honolulu Human Rights Film FestivalNovember 3, 2012
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Third 2012 Presidential DebateOctober 26, 2012
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2012 Vice Presidential DateOctober 12, 2012
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United Nations Opens Annual Session & Its Importance to our IslandsOctober 4, 2012
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The United Nations General Assembly opened its annual session in New York and
the UN Human Rights Council held its final meeting of 2012.  These
international institutions have important implications for our islands
regarding the important issues of sustainability, human security, peace,
social justice and fundamental freedoms.

Hawaii residents attending the various United Nations meetings will share
their insight into the global gatherings and share perspective on its
significance to our future.

The monthly Human Rights and Sustainability Campus Community Dialogue
sponsored by the United Nations Association UsA Hawai'i and the Hawai'i
Institute for Human Rights ...
Human Rights & Sustainability Campus Community DialogueOctober 4, 2012
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Program of the Honolulu Human Rights Film FestivalOctober 3, 2012
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Voter Registration DriveOctober 1, 2012
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Gender Justice - Film & ForumSeptember 28, 2012
Upcoming events
Come and watch " Half the sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at University Hawai'i - West O'ahu -
Side event during 21st Session of the UN Human Rights CouncilSeptember 14, 2012
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Human Rights Workshop - The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesSeptember 14, 2012
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12th Hope Not Hatred Freedom Not Fear Community Forum & FilmSeptember 14, 2012
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11th Annual Human Rights on the HillAugust 13, 2012
Upcoming events
http://www.law.udc.edu/event/HR2012 to register and for the full schedule.  

Please join us for the 11th Annual "Human Rights on the Hill" program, coordinated by Joshua Cooper.

(Please note a schedule addition of Patrick Madden, Executive Director, UNA-USA on Monday and be sure, if you're coming on Tuesday, August 14, that you note we will be meeting at the OAS Hall of the Americas, 17th Street and Constitution Ave. NW.Washington, DC 20006 and, importantly, that additional registration is required at:  
August 9, 2012
Recent writings
Every August 9, the family of nations celebrates its latest recognized member’s existence on earth.  August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. On every continent, indigenous peoples gather around the globe to guarantee human rights of indigenous peoples is promoted and protected.
The theme and interactive dialogue at the 18th annual commemoration was Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices. Indigenous leaders met in the Economic and Social Council chamber to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  It was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994 to commemorate the first Intern...
CRPDAugust 4, 2012
Recent writings
The United State of America presents itself as a light of liberty and defender of democracy to the world. One of the best indicators to measure the well-being is human rights.  America can stand for freedom depending on a vote in the United States Senate in the fall.
There are nine core international human rights treaties that most states ratify with a promise to their people. Born out of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the past six decades have witnessed important initiatives in international law recognizing the inherent rights of all persons on the planet.  Since Eleanor Roosevelt’s leadership as Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, citi...
August 1, 2012
Recent writings
One doesn’t expect their handiwork to appear often on the opinion page of The Wall Street Journal, especially if your profession focuses on peace, freedom and human rights. 
Yet, on 31 July, one of the campaigns that has been coordinated at the United Nations headquarters was written up by The Wall Street Journal. The article outlines the abusive actions by a state to silence a member of civil society even beyond its borders actually at the United Nations itself.
What was a procedural practices has escalated into an enormous exam for the United Nations to uphold its preamble of We the Peoples in an organization run by states serving only their interest of self-...
July 28, 2012
Recent writings
Violence is too prevalent on the planet.  Death due to arms is absolutely alarming. The dastardly killing of a dozen people and severe injuries of at least 60 at the Dark Knight Rising shocked the national conscience.
When one person came in with a black helmet with body armor tossing a canister of toxic gas then opened fire he plunged the country into a state of carnage.  While most were mourning there were many forces mobilized to preserve their special interest cloaked in the Constitution.
The atrocity at Aurora awakened America’s attention.  Many remembered the Columbine killings that also killed innocents in Colorado. Also in Arizona earlier even...
Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights' Summer SeminarJuly 23, 2012
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The Hawaii Institute for Human Rights along with a coalition of local and global associations and University of Hawaii departments sponsor the 13th annual advanced summer seminar.
The 13th annual summer seminar focus is Human Rights and the Environment. The talks will trace the historical developments of human rights and the environment in international law and the accompanying important institutions and instruments measuring implementation.
The summer seminar will take place from 23 – 27 July 2012. The conference will take place at the University of Hawaii at Manoa daily from 10 a.m.  There will be a film festival featuring documentary movies at...
July 21, 2012
Recent writings
Less than a month after Canada celebrated National Aboriginal Day, a new man supposedly reached maturity on the cover of the July 20 issue of Rolling Stone.
The cover features notes Justin Bieber becomes a man with the title, “Hot. Ready. Legal.”  Maybe he’s still hot but based on his interview inside, it’s more like “Not Ready and Illegal or at least Ill-informed.
The teen sensation showed his immaturity throughout the interview and offended indigenous peoples of Canada with one statement, “ I’m actually part Indian, I think Inuit or something? I’m enough per cent that in Canada I can get free gas.”
The ...
Fixing the Future : a national screening event !July 18, 2012
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Fixing the Future – a national screening event!
Director Ellen Spiro, USA, 2010, 72 mins
July 18 at 6pm. Sweet Home Waimanalo will serve p?p? and juices for purchase from 5 - 6pm

More info | 
ISHR - The International Human Rights Framework: Opportunities and Challenges for Indigenous PeoplesMay 15, 2012
Upcoming events
Our briefing is an opportunity to discuss ways in which indigenous peoples can engage effectively with the international human rights system, including with the treaty bodies, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). 

1.15pm-2:45pm, Tuesday 15 May 2012, 

Church Center to the UN (Cnr. of 44th and 1st Ave) 

10th Floor 


Mattias Åhrén, President, Saami Council 

Joshua Cooper, Director, Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights 

Les Malezer, Chairperson, FAIRA - Foundat...
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2012, 11th session, New York - Workshop on "Increasing the Participation of the Indigenous Youth at the UN"May 7, 2012
Upcoming events
Workshop on "Increasing the Participation of the Indigenous Youth at the UN" with: 

- Joshua Cooper - Hawaii Center for Human Rights Research and Action
- Murlynn Crystal Lee - United Natives
- Jocelyn Hung Chien - United Nations Indigenous Youth Caucus

Monday, May 7th, 2012, 1pm - 3pm
Lutheran Office for World Community, 10th floor
777 United Plaza, 10B
New York, NY 10017

• Overview of CERD, CRC, ILO

• Capacity building

• Enhancing skills for more effective participation at the UN

• Analysis of example cases

Language: English with French and Spanish interpretation

Drinks and snacks will be ...
Cambodia Today: The State of Human Rights and the Rule of Law featuring Professor Surya Subedi, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in CambodiaMay 1, 2012
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“The Paris Peace Agreements established the rule of law, human rights and democracy as major pillars of the new political architecture of Cambodia. Thus, the peace process cannot be regarded as complete until the democratic institutions created under the Constitution (in 1993) are able to work effectively and independently. The international community has a particular stake and a responsibility in this regard.” — From Surya Subedi’s report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Surya P. Subedi has served as the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia since 2009. As the Special Rapporteur, an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, his tas...
The Dalai Lama in Hawai'iApril 11, 2012
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ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples ForumApril 4, 2012
Event reviews / summaries
Joshua Cooper
ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples Forum
The Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community is coming together through dialogue and diplomacy of the ten member states. Even more important, the people are shaping the structures that serve the immediate interests of the region rooted in human rights.
The ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples Forum (ACSC/APF) has been meeting for 8 annual sessions of ASEAN ministerial meetings bringing together the beauty and bravery of the citizens calling for social change.
The ASCS/APF is a model for movements aiming to advocate for a future of fundamental freedoms. However, o...
10th Annual Human Rights Course on C-SPANMarch 26, 2012
Event reviews / summaries
Tuesday, August 23rd 2011
Posted by Max Rodriguez

C-SPAN filmed and broadcast a presentation by Kevin Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action, at the 10th Annual Human Rights on the Hill course. UDC-DCSL hosted the 10th Annual Human Rights on the Hill course, June 27 - July 2, 2011, for students, activists, and policymakers to learn about the state of human rights in the U.S. and abroad.
In his presentation, Kevin Martin discussed U.S. foreign policy and cutting defense spending to address the national debt. Martin also discussed the use of military power since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and the U.S. educat...
In the Land of Blood and HoneyMarch 19, 2012
Upcoming events
We'll be premiering Angelina Jolie's directorial debut on Monday March 19 at the Academy of Art Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu Hawai'i.  It will begin at 7:30 p.m. However, please come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments provided by our sponsor, Whole Foods.  

There will also be contests of important facts regarding human rights, peace and global justice.  Participants will receive products from the Body Shop. 
Human Rights Day Program on March 19thMarch 18, 2012
Upcoming events
Women in Film Panel, YWCA, 5:30-6:30, March 19

Panel Presentation - Women in Film with Anne Misawa, Marlene Booth, Lisette Flanary and Edgy Lee

Marlene Booth, a documentary filmmaker, teaches film at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her major films include: Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘iYidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa, and Read more >>
Upcoming events
Human Rights Day isn’t only one day. It is everyday. We have developed a couple of small steps everyone can take to exercise our human rights to ensure human rights for all.

First thing to do is sign up to read an article of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We are partnering with Hawai’i Women in Film Making to produce two videos of CEDAW so all women

know their rights. The short version of CEDAW will be screened on March 19 at the premiere of In the Land of Blood and Honey. Sign up at the screening. Also, if you are interested, we are making a full version of CEDAW’s 30 articles, so sign up for that...
Tar Sands OilFebruary 10, 2012
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
Dollar profits dominate politics determining the direction of national policies. Corporations control certain factors regarding the future of our country.  Citizens united in civil society understand America must change course. 
One project epitomized this juxtaposition of justice – TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.
On one side multinational corporations with record coffers and another side a citizen movement with renewed convictions put forward their positions.
Money often lubricates levers of legislation. Big oil companies pour funds to fuel their fortunes and further a nation of addiction to fossil fuels. However,...
Super Bowl SundayFebruary 4, 2012
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is over. But for two weeks, television focused on football and from every angle possible about what could happen in those four quarters. We all learn more about players and potential plays during those days than seems possible. We are also equally distracted by commercials and a halftime show with a megastar sharing a mix of all their greatest hits in history.
No doubt the game was exciting. It did come down to the last play and kept us on both sides rooting until the end. Sports hold our imagination and for four hours we know anything is possible. It’s a distraction from our lives of mundane madness.  Ho...
Martin Luther King Jr.January 15, 2012
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
The commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. ‘s birthday offers an annual opportunity to reflect on the human rights movement King was mobilizing across the nation and the world.
This is the first year, there is a statue of King on the national mall nestled between Jefferson’s vision of rights in the Declaration of Independence and Roosevelt’s idea of rights in his Four Freedoms. No longer do we stand in King’s footsteps where he delivered his iconic I Have a Dream but can read more of his writings at King’s monument expressing his evolution between civil rights in his country and human rights for all humanity. 
Moana Nui ConferenceNovember 10, 2011
Videos, Songs, Films, Reading...
Nov. 9-11, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Michael Posner @ Amnesty50March 20, 2011
Videos, Songs, Films, Reading...
Michael Posner talks about Four Freedoms in San Francisco on Sunday.
Honor Internatinal Women's DayMarch 4, 2011
Upcoming events
 Party with a Purpose

Celebrate First Friday at Chinatown Peace Center

 Women’s  Rights  are  Human  Rights  Celebration

Friday, March 4, 2011

6:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Peace Center, 63 N.BeretaniaStreet, Chinatown

Two Rooms, All Night!
Live Music in Suite Yin
Documentary Films in Suite Yang

Live music featuring female recording artist singing for social justice

Hawaii Premiere of Documentary Films from Around the World Featuring Water Rights, Contemporary Slavery, Land Rights, and Gender Justice

 Sponsored by : Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center, UNA Hawaii Division...
Fifth Annual Human Rights Day ActivitiesMarch 4, 2011
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 Human Rights Day
Fifth Annual Human Rights Day Activities

 Hawaii State Capitol

Friday March 4, 2011
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Human Right’s Day
10a.m. to 2p.m.,  2/F and 3/F Balcony  

ØJoin the network of peace, ecology, human rights and global justice to develop a common agenda for Hawaii

ØCome participate in the Career Fair for the Common Good featuring Hawaii’s top NGOs

ØAttend keynote lecture focusing on human rights education in our schools and institutions of higher education. June Gorman, United Nations Association, Education Chair will address  Model United N...
Speaking at the Human Rights CouncilSeptember 28, 2010
Interventions in the International Arena
Human Rights Council
15th Session
Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with SR on Cambodia
28 September 2010
Speaker: Joshua Cooper  EIP, Hawaii Center for Human Rights Research & Action
Mr. President.
We are pleased with the frequency and fortitude relating to the Special Rapporteur of Cambodia itineraries and interaction with the spectrum from the King of Cambodia to the civil society.
We are also pleased to echo the encouragement of the SR regarding the realization of some of on the UN Millennium Development Goals to eliminate poverty and ensure dignity.
We will...
Speaking at the Human Rights CouncilSeptember 22, 2010
Interventions in the International Arena
Human Rights Council
15th Session
Item 6: UPR Sweden
22 September 2010
Speaker: Joshua Cooper  EIP, INDIG
Mr. President, The participation of Sweden in the UPR is an important opportunity to discuss the human rights of the indigenous peoples living in the Nordic.  The Saami were pleased with the questions and recommendations regarding the realization of human rights for the Saami.
The UPR process allows for civil society to gather together to educate and engage together on the common aspirations for dignity and equality. It is also an excellent opportunity for human rights e...
Speaking at the Human Rights CouncilSeptember 21, 2010
Interventions in the International Arena
Human Rights Council
15th Session
Agenda Item 5
21 September 2010
Item 5    Human rights bodies and mechanisms
Joshua Cooper, Ecole Instrument de la Paix, INDIG
Mahalo, Mr. Chairman.  We welcome all reports submitted that relate to the human rights of indigenous peoples at the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council.  It is great to address the Council on the International Day of Peace. Peace is at the core of the human rights work regarding indigenous peoples.
The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is starting to take...
Be a human rights hero!!!*September 18, 2010
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skills desired:  dynamic design, courageous coordinating and passionate programming
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Upcoming opportunities to participate in human rights advocacy:


- 12th Annual Advanced Summer Seminar on Peace, Ecology and Human Rights Honolulu
- 3rd Annual Liberty, Democracy & Human Rights National Summit Philadelphia
- 10th Annual Human Rights on the Hill National Training Conference Washington DC
- 6th Annual United Nations Charter Conference on Self-Determinat...
The Universal Periodic Review of the United States: The Core Documents to Participate in the UPR ProcessSeptember 15, 2010
Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
Peace Day Ceremony community service opportunitySeptember 15, 2010
Recent writings
Peace Day is becoming a big-time rally messaging world leaders.  War is not to be tolerated as the history of war is empirical evidence there are only losers in war.

On Sept. 21, The International Day of Peace, Captain Paul Chappell (West Point grad) is the keynote speaker at UH Campus Center to talk about his book "The End of War". Along with Capt. Chappell is a line up of entertainment and a candle light ceremony. This is a free event open to all.

The event is also an opportunity to earn community service hours as the organizers are looking for people to help with the event in various capacities. If you are planning to attend, you can be earning service hours as ...
U.S. Dedication to Human Rights Recognized in First Year on New CouncilSeptember 12, 2010
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
UNA-USA Human Rights Task Force
Mid-Pacific Representative to UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Divisions

The United States of America is a first time member in the historic UN Human Rights Council created by resolution 60/251.

The United States of America received 167 votes on 9 May 2009 when it sought a seat on the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council. The U.S. will hold one of the seven seats of the Western Europe and Other States group (WEOG) for a three year term starting officially on 19 June 2009.

UN Human Rights Council members are directly elected by an absolute majority of the 192 UN General Assembly members, or 9...
Historical Review of U.S. Human Rights Record Ready for November 5 in GenevaSeptember 11, 2010
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
Director Four Freedoms Forum
Director Hawaii Institute for Human Rights

All of the stakeholders in the Universal Periodic Review for the United States of America have completed the first phase of preparation for a constructive review in the historical national and global conversation about human rights in America.

A large number of civil society organizations submitted written reports based on community dialogues and in-depth research through the United States Human Rights Network. More popular methods of public participation were also received through a Testify! Project with videos posted on YouTube illuminating the issues of human r...
U.S. Civil Society Shapes Focus for Human Rights Review at Universal Periodic ReviewSeptember 10, 2010
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
Director Four Freedoms Forum
Director Hawaii Institute for Human Rights

A new feature of the UN Human Rights Council is creating a forum to promote and protect fundamental freedoms in every member state in the United Nations. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is also uniting many segments of society in states under the title of stakeholders.

Civil society is maximizing the UPR mechanism to mobilize citizens to claim their human rights throughout the state reporting system created to increase the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council.

Since the first UPR session in April 2008, over 128 states have been reviewed. At the ninth...
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Sees Shift in Opponents to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Aotearoa Affirms Indigenous Rights & US Promises to Review PositionSeptember 6, 2010
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
Director INDIG
Director Hawaii Institute for Human Rights

The ninth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues focused on the significant subjects of self-determination and development along with a screening of the film that explains indigenous peoples struggles to protect sacred lands.

The special theme was Indigenous Peoples: Development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP).  Director James Cameron screened Avatar to the world’s indigenous peoples and actress Sigourney Weaver participated in a protest to prevent a dam const...
The UN Expert Mechanism Matures & Motivates at Third SessionSeptember 6, 2010
Recent writings
Joshua Cooper
Director INDIG
Director Hawaii Insititute for Human Rights

The new mechanism in the global human rights machinery focusing on indigenous rights is illuminating insight into its potential future to promote the fundamental freedoms after only its third session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Following in the footsteps of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (UN WGIP) with over two decades of annual summer sessions, the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) held its third session from 12 – 16 July with over 500 participants consisting of indigenous people...
ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION - Security paramount for conferenceAugust 8, 2010
HIHR In the news
"Federal agencies will join city and state authorities in preparing for protesters.

"More than 600 protesters were arrested in June at the G-20 summit in Toronto, where clashes with police led to burning squad cars and shattered store windows -- a situation local authorities are already working to avoid at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference here next year.

"APEC will meet in Honolulu in November 2011, and security is paramount when the leaders of 21 countries and their entourages descend on the Hawai'i Convention Center.

"About 20,000 visitors are expected in all."

Video: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesJuly 10, 2010
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NGO Committee on Human Rights in Geneva Visibility of the Human Rights Council: Dialogue with the International MediaJune 4, 2010
Notes from the floor
Budi Tjahjono, Chair, CONGO
How do you perceive the discussion? What is the news value of the UN HR Council? Also civil society feels there should be more coverage on human rights situation featuring in the discussion and there is not as much coverage in the media.

HE Alex Van Meuven, President UN HR Council
We were in a debate on the protection of journalists in armed conflict. I am glad the Council can draw attention to the dangers facing the media on a daily basis. We should think about concrete measures we should take. Promotion and protection of journalists and freedom of expression along with other freedoms is part of the UN HR Council's mandate and allows for people to ...
IPS News - Protesters Call Dam Project a "Disaster" for Brazil's Native CommunitiesApril 28, 2010
HIHR In the news
"A modest protest gathered outside the Permanent Mission of Brazil in New York on Wednesday to oppose the controversial Belo Monte dam project in Brazil.

"In the most recent developments, the Brazilian government successfully appealed and overturned a federal court decision to halt the bidding on the construction contract, which was subsequently awarded to the Norte Energia consortium for 10.9 billion dollars, according to media reports."

AOL News - US Rethinks Its Position on Tribal RightsApril 21, 2010
HIHR In the news
"The United States this week indicated that it was rethinking its stance on a United Nations declaration on the rights of native peoples that the Bush administration strenuously opposed.

"'Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has decided to review our position regarding the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,' Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., told the gathered delegates."

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