The Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights (HIHR) is dedicated to promoting human rights principles and a culture of peace through education and advocacy. HIHR advocates the use of public law instruments in implementing civil, political, economic, social, cultural, collective and ecological rights. HIHR strives for social justice in the development of a sustainable society in Hawai'i
An important initiative is the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This was the feature of our monthly Hawaii Interactive Television Series connecting our islands Hawai'i Human Rights / Sustainability Campus Community Dialogue connecting islands of O'ahu, Kauai and Hawai'i to discuss together developments at the United Nations. The main focus was the indigenous items at the September session of the UN Human Rights Council including the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples reports, the half-day discussion and the report of the UN Special Rapporteur Anaya on Implementation of the UN DRIP in the United States based on his country visit. Since it is the 5th anniversary, HIHR will focus on realization of the rights in Hawaii throughout the fall semester with various activities including distribution of simplified versions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We will be hosting the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Pacific Representative Valmaine Toki of Aotearoa New Zealand to feature and finalize her report on Decolonization in Oceania featuring Hawai'i as one of the case studies.