For immediate release - July 6, 2001
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Hawaiian Kingdom Complaint filed with U.N. Security Council against the United States regarding American occupation of the Hawaiian Islands
NEW YORK, 6 July 2001 Thursday afternoon, July 5, the Agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom, H.E. David Keanu Sai, Acting Minister of Interior, filed with the Security Council at United Nations headquarters in New York a Complaint against the United States of America concerning the prolonged occupation of the Hawaiian Islands since the Spanish American War of 1898.
The Complaint was filed with the Security Council in accordance with Article 35(2) of the United Nations Charter, which provides, "a State which is not a Member of the United Nations may bring to the attention of the Security Council or of the General Assembly any dispute to which it is a party if it accepts in advance, for the purpose of the dispute, the obligations of pacific settlement provided in the present Charter."
The Hawaiian Kingdom has requested the Security Council, in accordance with Article 36(1) of the United Nations Charter, to investigate the Hawaiian Kingdom question, in particular, the merits of the complaint, and to recommend appropriate procedures or methods of adjustment.
In the complaint, the Hawaiian Kingdom begins with a preliminary statement concerning its independence by stating,
"This case arises out of the prolonged and illegal occupation of the entire territory of the Hawaiian Kingdom by the United States of America since the Spanish-American War of 1898, and the failure on the part of the United States of America to establish a direct system of administering the laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom. As will be described below [complaint], this action constitutes a fundamental breach of Hawaiian State sovereignty and the treaties entered between the Hawaiian Kingdom and the United States, as well as the 1907 Hague Regulations and international law.
Following these preliminary statements is a chronology of events that begins with the United States of America's illegal intervention into the civil affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom in January of 1893, and its ultimate illegal and prolonged occupation of teh Hawaiian Islands since the Spanish American War of 1898.
Regarding the illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands, the Complaint states,
"Under the international laws of occupation, more particularly Article 43 of the 1907 Hague Convention IV, the occupying government must establish a system of direct administration of the laws of the country that it's occupying. In other words, the United States government, as an illegally occupying government in the Hawaiian Islands since its unprovoked incursion by its troops on August 13, 1898, was mandated to administer Hawaiian Kingdom law over the territory and not its own, until they withdraw. This is not a mere descriptive assumption by the occupying government, but rather it is the law of occupation.
The complaint also outlines the fraud committed by the United States of America before the United Nations when it reported Hawai'i as one of its colonies. The Complaint explains,
"In 1945, the United Nations was created with the United States as one of its charter members. According to its Charter, the United Nations would promote the protection of human rights and establish a process of de-colonization for the people who have not yet attained independence as a nation. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514 provides that '...all peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.'
The Complaint and attachments can be viewed on the Internet at:
Welcome || Political History || System of Government || Constitution & Statutory Laws
National Symbols || International Treaties || Land System || U.S. Occupation
Government Re-established || International Proceedings || Royal Commission of Inquiry || Hawaiian Kingdom Bonds
This page is located at: http://www.hawaiiankingdom.org/un-pressrelease.shtml