Letters of support from Ka Pakaukau

2010/12/22
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December 14, 2010

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
United Nations Secretariat
c/o Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
United Nations, SA-1B15
New York, NY 10017
Tel. 212-963-7162
Fax. 212-963-7055

Assistant Secretary-General, Heraldo Munoz
United Nations Assistant Administrator (UNDP) United Nations Development Programme,
Director for its Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
United Nations Development Programme
New York, NY 10017
Tel. 212-906-5401
Fax. 212-906-6017

Your  Excellencies,

We, the undersigned persons of Ka Pa’e aina (Hawai’i) write to respectfully request the assistance of your good offices in the appeal we have sent to the Government of Chile, via the Permanent  Mission of Chile to the United Nations, to immediately cease and desist from any further use of arms and aggression against the Ma’ohi people of Rapa Nui, who are our ohana (relatives), and to adhere to international standards of negotiation with them without the threat or use of force or duress.  We further demanded in our appeal that those who have been injured by the Chilean government’s actions on Rapa Nui be given immediate, proper medical care. According to our contacts there, several Ma‘ohi people have been seriously wounded, including elders.  The presence of Chilean armed troops for several months now on Rapa Nui has imposed an atmosphere of intimidation, duress and terror on the Ma‘ohi Rapa Nui people.    This atmosphere must change.

We send this request to you with full confidence that you will do all in your power to convince the government of Chile to heed our appeal inasmuch as you, Mr. Secretary-General, have solemnly demonstrated your commitment to advance the mandate of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by, among other things, personally attending the commemoration of the UN Day of Indigenous Peoples this year; and you, Mr. Assistant Secretary-General, have a particular investment in the peaceful resolution of conflicts given your recent chairmanship of the UN Peace-Building Commission.

For the record, we wish to state that we are outraged at, and strongly condemn, the Chilean Government’s use of armed violence against the Ma‘ohi people of Rapa Nui to remove them from their ancestral lands. These lands are guaranteed to them by, among other instruments, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which Chile pledged to support at the UN General Assembly in 2007.

Finally, we also wish to state our full support for the right of the Rapa Nui people to their ancestral land, Te Pito o Te Henua, and to the pursuit of decolonization which are guaranteed to them under their right of self-determination in international law. We consider the Ma‘ohi of Rapa Nui to be presently engaged in an act of civil resistance to Chile’s increasingly aggressive transgressions in Ma‘ohi ancestral territory and hereby declare ourselves in solidarity with their right and responsibility to resist.

Kindly allow us to express our appreciation to you for your immediate attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Kekuni Blaisdell, M.D., Convenor, Ka Pakaukau and Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Soli Kihei Niheu, Nuclear Free & Independent Pacific, Waimea, Hawai‘i

Gwen Kim & Terri Keko‘olani, Ohana Koa, Nuclear Free & Independent Pacific, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Moanike‘ala Akaka, Aloha ‘Aina Education Center & Aloha ‘Aina Eaea newspaper, Hilo, Hawai‘i

Jonathan Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, Ph.D. Professor of Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Kehaulani Kauanui, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, and Producer & Host of “Indigenous Politics” Radio, WESU, U.S.

Noenoe K. Silva, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Kalamaoka‘aina Kil Soon Niheu, M.D., Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Summer Kaimalia Nemeth, President, Ka‘ena Cultural Practice Project, Hawai‘i

Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawa‘i.

Maivân Clech Lâm, L.I.M., Professor (ret.) Emeritus of International Law, City University of New York, New York, N.Y.

Arnie Saiki, Project Director, ‘Imi Pono Projects, Hawai‘i

Lorenz Gonschor, Ph.D. candidate graduate student, Department of Political Science,

University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Kyle Kajihiro, Program Director*, American Friends Service Committee Hawai’i, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
* For identification purposes only

Eiko Kosasa, Ph.D., Leeward Community College, University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i

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