Okinawa Governor Onaga’s speech planned at UN

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima Gurumi Association plans to arrange for Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga to deliver a speech at the United Nations (UN) as part of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism(IMADR). The speech would be aimed at preventing the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of a relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma, now in Ginowan. According to Jun Shimabukuro of the Shima Gurumi Association, the organization started to work on the project in January, and became a member of the IMADR in May, officially asking the organization to support it. If all goes smoothly, Onaga will appear at the UN Human Rights Council, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland in September.

The IMADR is a nongovernmental organization that is working on elimination of all discriminations all over the world. The organization has the right of special consultation with the UN and has certain influences on the UN. By arranging for the Okinawa governor to appear in the UN Human Rights Council through the IMADR, the Shima Gurumi Association aims to convey Okinawan people’s opposition to the base’s construction to the international community.

(English translation by T&CT)

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