Article in Gara, a Basque news site:
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Teruya Kantoku, a hero of Luchu (Okinawa). Mr. Teruya served Luchu for decades as a politician, lawyer, and independence restoration advocate, looking out for the well-being of Indigenous Luchuans / Uchinanchu. He helped many Luchuans to the best of his ability, including myself. I will always be grateful for Mr. Teruya personally rescuing me in February 2019 when I was wrongfully detained by the government of Japan. We will remember Mr. Teruya's inspiring words, "Uchinanchu will decide the future of Uchinaa!" And we will complete Mr. Teruya's work and restore Luchu's rightful independence.
Thank you, Mr. Teruya.
Rob Kajiwara as well as the Peace For Okinawa Coalition have endorsed a letter and resolution draft to the United Nations, requesting support for Indigenous peoples. The letter and resolution come from the Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition, who Kajiwara has collaborated with since 2019.
The PDF's below contain both the resolution draft and the letter:
Video now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rAqeyYvcSiw
Happening today, 21 March 2022 at 9 am Geneva, Switzerland.
Livestreamed via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95562321477
Link to video replay for webinar:
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. Featuring: Robert Kajiwara, Hoshin Nakamura, Moneka De Oro, Leon Siu, Emily Kandagawa