Gullah/Geechee Leader Takes Sea Island Climate
Change to the United Nations COP22 Conference
Queen Quet will have the opportunity to present the details
of what the Gullah/Geechee communities are faced with in
regard to protecting their culture which is on the front lines
of sea level rise and climate change.
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Francis Boyle denounces "Fake Statehood Day" at
Iolani Palace, Hawaii. He is author of
Restoring the
Kingdom of Hawaii:  The Kanaka Maoli Route to
Independence..
UN Working Group on Peoples of African Descent
issues Report (A/HRC/33/61/Add.2)  noting in particular
that "There  is  a  profound  need  to  acknowledge  that  
the transatlantic trade inAfricans,  enslavement,  
colonization  and  colonialism were a  crime  against
humanity and are among the major sources and
manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia
xenophobia  and  related  intolerance. Past  injustices  
and  crimes  against African Americans need to be
addressed with reparatory justice."  See full report
here.
Statement delivered to the United Nations Special
Committee on Decolonization on Behalf of the
National Sovereign State of Borinken by Prof.
Francis A. Boyle,
June 20, 2016
UN General Assembly Special Session on the World
Drug Trade
Dr. Francisca Torres Rivera of the University of Puerto
Rico represented IHRAAM at the UN in New York, April
19-21, 2016.
UN Committee for Economic Social and Cultural
Rights undertakes 6th review of Canada
IHRAAM's parallel (shadow) report was drafted by IHRAAM
Consultant Kerry Coast and submitted to the Committee on
January 22, 2016.
UN Working Group on People of African Descent
Tours US
meets with African American rights groups.  IHRAAM
Representative Onaje Muid presented in Baltimore on
behalf of IHRAAM. See
UNWG Report and IHRAAM
intervention. January 2016
Combating Racism in the 21th Century
commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination.  IHRAAM Representative Onaje Muid
attended and presented at the event.  His report is
here.
State Department/DoE Civil Society Consultation
IHRAAM has attended and participated in the State
Department/Dept. of Education civil society review of
education recommendations resulting from the US-UPR.  
IHRAAM representatives travelled to Washington to attend
the July 20, 2015 meeting, as well as participating by
phone.
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IHRAAM submits Observations for consideration by the
Committee for the Elimination of all forms of Racial
Discrimination on the occasion of the 87th Session of the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Racial Discrimination, with respect to
Norway's operating
a hundred open-net-cage feedlots on the coast of
British Columbia, Canada, in unceded Indigenous
Peoples’ territories, waters and homelands without
consent
. July 15, 2015.
IHRAAM submits LIl'wat Statement to the ICCPR's HRC
for its 6th review of Canada, June-July 2015.  Text of the
statement is posted on the ICCPR's website
here (under
the subheading "info from civil society organizations (for
the session)" under Canada. Read IHRAAM Consultant
Kerry Coast's very thorough
Report on the HRC Review of
Canada / Indigenous Nations
IHRAAM Delegation headed to GENEVA for US
Universal Periodic Review by Human Rights Council

IHRAAM will hold a side-session at the UN Palais des
Nations on May 7th, 2015, titled
EMPOWERING BLACK
COLLEGES:  International Law, African American
Development and Self-Determination.


SPEAKING TOUR:  Petitioners, Loni Edmonds v.
Canada.  
November 19-24, the Petitioners will visit five BC
cities to speak about the LIl'wat case at the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights.  View poster with places
and dates
here. Read Report on event here.
IHRAAM DIrector Francis Boyle addresses Hawaiian
Governance Symposium, urging attendees to vote to
restore the Kingdom of Hawaii at the forthcoming
Convention, and leaders of Hawaiian self-governance
initiativesto engage in collective efforts to rebuild a
Hawaiian nation. More
here.
IHRAAM submits Alternative Report re UN Universal
Periodic Review to the Human Rights Council.
The report addresses the situation of Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and African American
rights to education in general.  It can be read
here, and
those wishing to
cosponsor this report should go here.
Gullah-Geechee Leader Attends High Level Meeting,
General Assembly, World Conference Indigenous
Peoples.
IHRAAM Director Queen Quet has forwarded the final
Declaration of the High Level Meeting, Blog post available
soon.


IHRAAM Seminar INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS &
EMPOWERING HBCUS
was held at Clark Atlanta
Unviersity on July 11, 2014.
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UN Special Committee on Decolonization Approves
Text Supporting Puerto Rico’s ‘Inalienable Right to
Self-Determination’
IHRAAM Director Francis A. Boyle addressed the
Committee on June 23 on behave of the National
Sovereign State of Borinken.  
IACHR PASSES BULLOCK PETITION TO US GOV'T
By letter dated June 23, 2014, the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights has advised that it has
passed the pertinent parts of
Petition Ronald Bullock
P-300-09 vs United States
to the United States
government, giving it 3 months to respond. The case
concerns lengthy wrongful imprisonment, torture while
imprisoned, and inadequate compensation.
UN Decolonization Committee and
Borinken
IHRAAM Director Professor Francis A. Boyle before the
United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization on
Behalf of the National Sovereign State of Borinken
June 23, 2014
HISTORIC CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY VENUE FOR
HBCU EVENT
The forthcoming IHRAAM Seminar, International Human
Rights & Empowering HBCUs
will be held at Clark
Atlanta University on July 11.  
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IHRAAM SUBMITS FURTHER OBSERVATIONS, LONI
EDMONDS CASE 12.929:  IACHR PASSES ON TO
CANADA
On Friday, May 23 at 11:25 p.m., IHRAAM submitted its
Further Observations on the case to the IACHR per its
request. On June 5, 2014 the IACHR advised that Canada
has one month to respond to same.
Gullah-Geechee Culture Connects to UN
Sustainability
Gullah-Geechee chieftess Queen Quet sat amongst other
world leaders to be a part of a special thematic debate of
the United Nations General Assembly entitled “Culture and
Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development
Agenda".  Here is her Report
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Queen Quet wins "We Shall Overcome Fund" grant
The Highlander Education Center has awarded Queen
Quet the “We Shall Overcome Fund” grant to continue the
“Gullah/Geechee SEA & ME Program” which she
established two years ago with funding from Toyota
Together Green with Audubon.
INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ADMITS IHRAAM LONI
EDMONDS PETITION
By communication dated January 23, 2014, the IACHR has
forwarded to IHRAAM its Report on Admissibility No.
89/13.advising IHRAAM that it has now admitted IHRAAM
Petition 879-07 on behalf of LIl'wat mother Loni Edmonds.  
More
Seminar:  Implementing Human Rights:  What Judges,
Lawyers and Prosecutors Need to Know
On October 31, 2013, this one-day seminar was organized
by IHRAAM Consultant Musa Dan Fodio / Dan Fodio
Law-Group, PC, and Co-sponsored by IHRAAM, featuring
videos by IHRAAM DIrectors Alfred de Zayas and Francis
A. Boyle.  See
Program brochure
IHRAAM Director Alfred de Zayas, UN Independent
Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and
Equitable International Order
issued his second
progress report to the General Assembly. The deZayas
report recommended, inter alia, "(m) The General
Assembly may consider referring specific legal questions to
the International Court of Justice for advisory opinions,
including issues of self-determination, unilateral
coercive measures, threats and use of force, and debt
cancellation..."  The report addresses in Section F Lack of
democratic participation by indigenous and unrepresented
peoples;
IHRAAM Delegation meets with UN Special
Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues, James Anaya
In Vancouver on October 10, 2013, IHRAAM delegates
took part in a special morning meeting in Vancouver with
James Anaya, during his one-day visit to BC as part of his
mandate to investigate the situation of indigenous peoples
in Canada.
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IHRAAM Director At UN Meeting on Disability and
Development.
IHRAAM Director Dr. Kathleen Thompson attended the
High Level Meeting on Disability and Development at the
United Nations (UN) in New York on September 23, 2013.
She is looking to partner with disability NGOs across North
America to advance disability policy research focusing on
the unique needs of African Americans, Hispanic
Americans and Indigenous Canadians.
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IHRAAM Director Francis A. Boyle to lecture at
University of Puerto Rico Law School
on September
20, 2013.  The lecture is entitled "Puerto Rico and the
Puerto Ricans Versus  115  Years of Yankee Imperialism
and Colonialism" and will be posted on IHRAAM website
when available. Left: Boyle with Rafael Cancel-Miranda.
IHRAAM Delegation meets with IACHR Commissioner
Tracey Robinson (third left)
in Vancouver on August
9th, 2013 concerning the IHRAAM-IACHR Petition,
Loni
Edmonds vs. Canada
IHRAAM Director Alfred de Zayas, UN Independent
Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and
Equitable International Order
issued his Report to the
Human Rights Council. The deZayas report recommended,
inter alia, "that the self-determination item was a
permanent item on the agenda of the Commission on
Human Rights. Bearing in mind that self-determination is a
pillar of the Charter and that it has not been achieved by
many indigenous peoples, minorities, unrepresented
peoples, and peoples under occupation, the Council
should resume consideration of self-determination as part
of items 3 and 4 of its agenda."  See
video interview with
Alfred de Zayas
EXPERT MEETING ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES (EMRIP)
IHRAAM Consultant Kerry Coast attended the July 8-12,
2013 Sixth Session of
EMRIP, and delivered an
intervention on Agenda Item #5 - Study on access to
justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of
indigenous peoples.
Children in Conflict - Peace for upcoming
Generations. Palais des Nations, Geneva, June
2013.
The conference explored the UN applicable
mechanisms needed to address injustices to children and
reviewed the prevailing situation that accounts for the
ongoing abuses.
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UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES,
New York, May 21-27, 2013
IHRAAM representatives attended the UN event, for which
an
intervention on Agenda Item 6 related to Truth and
Reconciliation Commissions was prepared.
View report on PFII by IHRAAM Consultant Kerry Coast
here
THE COLONIAL PRESENT:  The Rule of Ignorance and
the Role of Law in British Columbia by IHRAAM
Consultant Kerry Coas
t is copublished along with Clarity
Press, Inc.  The book was launched at the UN Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues where the author and Sylvia
McAdam of Idle No More presented at the Brecht Forum in
NYC.
More.
IHRAAM-ICHR CONFERENCE: INTERNATIONAL
WOMEN'S DAY
On March 8, 2013, IHRAAM-ICHR hosted a one-day
conference on Protecting and Promoting Women's Rights,
held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
more
MEETING WITH SEC'T GEN. OIC RE KASHMIR
On Feb. 28, 2013, Barrister A. Majid Tramboo, Chairman of
International Council for Human Rights - Kashmir Project (ICHR-KP)
and European Director IHRAAM and others met with the Secretary-
General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), H.E. Mr.
Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu. In an earlier address to the Human Rights
Council, the OIC Secretary-General said the OIC seeks to resolve
the Kashmir dispute on the basis of UN resolutions and the
aspirations of the people of Kashmir. He expressed concerns over
India’s arrest of the entire Kashmiri leadership in Indian-held
Kashmir. The OIC Secretary-General reaffirmed the OIC’s
commitment to and support for the Kashmiri struggle for the right to
self-determination.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN INDIA:  
A KASHMIR PERSPECTIVE AT THE UNITED
NATIONS
Geneva Wednesday, 12 September 2012 - Kashmir Centre.EU, in
association with The International Human Rights Association of
American Minorities, today hosted an event entitled Human Rights in
India - A Kashmir Perspective at the United Nations. Speakers at the
event included Barrister A. Majid Tramboo - Chairman of Kashmir
Centre.EU, Prof. Lawrence Sáez - Director Centre of South Asian
Studies SOAS London, Dr. Elvira Domínguez Redondo -
International Law and Human Rights Expert, Middlesex University,
Frank Schwalba-Hoth - former Member of the European Parliament,
Prof. Satvinder Juss - Human Rights Expert, King’s College
London.  The event was moderated by Ronald Barnes - Chairman
Indigenous Peoplesand Nations Coalition
more.
IHRAAM Director Queen Quet, Chieftess of the
Gullah/Geechee Nation Selected as
TogetherGreen Fellow
(St. Helena Island, SC, USA, 4 June 2012) Audubon & Toyota
announced their 2012 TogetherGreen Fellows and on that list is St.
Helena Island native and Chieftess and Head-of-State for the
Gullah/Geechee Nation, Queen Quet.  Queen Quet has been an
environmental champion for what has been called the
"Gullah/Geechee coast" for more than 30 years.  
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INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN
RIGHTS GIVES CANADA ONE MONTH TO
RESPOND RE LONI EDMONDS vs. CANADA

On September 22.  2012, the IACHR advised IHRAAM that it had
forwarded the pertinent parts of IHRAAM's Observations on its
Response to Canada, giving Canada one month to respond to
same. Canada has already responded 4 times at IACHR request to
this case related to serial child seizure by the BC Ministry of Children
and Families.
East-West University Students Tour UN - NY,
May 25, 2012
courtesy IHRAAM Director Dr. Farid I. Muhammad
PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
2012
The 11th Session of the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues was held May 7 – May 18, 2012
Kerry Coast attended meetings and the Forum from May 6 – May 14.  
IHRAAM submitted two interventions, on rights to food and on
violence against women and girls.
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FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND
SELF-DETERMINATION?
The proceedings of the IHRAAM Chicago 2012 conference
held at East West University are
published by IHRAAM and
Clarity Press, Inc.
AFRICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLE HEADING IN
NEW DIRECTION?
IHRAAM Chicago 2012 Conference:
On April 20-21, 2012, key representatives of the African American
popular leadership and intelligentsia broke new ground in Chicago
at the IHRAAM-sponsored conference titled FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SELF-DETERMINATION? Speakers and
attendees flew in from all corners–California, Georgia, Illinois,
Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Washington, DC, Virginia
and Canada.  
 more
IHRAAM Contributes to the Planning of Rio+20
Conference
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
(www.QueenQuet.com) and member of the IHRAAM Directorate
attended the planning sessions for the "Rio+20 Conference" which
is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development that
will be held in Rio de Janiero June 20-22, 2012. This forum would
allow the possibility of input from small islands and developing
states in the international planning for future sustainable
development efforts.  This will be key to the survival of the lands of
the Gullah/Geechees who are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the
coast of the mainland United States from Jacksonville, NC to
Jacksonville, FL.  
THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL APPOINTS
IHRAAM DIRECTOR ALFRED de ZAYAS AS UN
INDEPENDENT EXPERT
On March 23, 2012 Alfred-Maurice de Zayas  was
appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as an
Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and
Equitable International Order.
INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN
RIGHTS GIVES CANADA ONE MONTH TO
RESPOND RE LONI EDMONDS vs. CANADA

On March 8, 2012, the IACHR advised IHRAAM that it had forwarded
the pertinent parts of IHRAAM's Observations on its Response to
Canada, giving Canada one month to respond to same.
IHRAAM SEMINAR ON ARBITRARY
DETENTIONS AND DEMOCRACIES

On March 6, 2012, IHRAAM in association with Kashmir Centre.EU,
hosted an Interactive Dialogue & Roundtable at the Palais des
Nations in Geneva.  The event entitled Arbitrary Detention &
Democracies discussed practices of arbitrary detention in conflict
where it leads to torture, execution and other human rights abuses.
Speakers included Barrister A. Majid Tramboo Chairman of ICHR
and IHRAAM's permanent representative to the UN Geneva,  Prof.
Alfred de Zayas, Member IHRAAM DIrectorate and Public and
International Law professor at the Geneva School of  Diplomacy &
International Relations, Prof. Joseph Wronka, professor of Social
Work, author of Human Rights and Social Justice,  Prof. Nazir Shawl
(left), Chairman of Justice Foundation, Mr. Ismail Khan, Journalist
and Mr. Ronald Barnes Chair of Indigenous Peoples and Nations
Coalition (IPNC).
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IHRAAM OBSERVATIONS ON CANADA
RESPONSE SUBMITTED TO IACHR

On February 9th, 2012, IHRAAM submitted its Observations on the
Canada Response to its Petition to the Inter-American Human
Rights Commission concerning Canada's seizure of the children of
Loni Edmonds of the Lil'wat Nation.  
UN CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

From January 21 to February 6th, IHRAAM intern Atty. Aneesa Mitchell
attended the UN Conference on Social Development.  more
KASHMIRIS PROTEST CONTINUED AT INDIAN
EMBASSY IN BRUSSELS.

Brussels, Thursday, 26 January 2012 -  Led by IHRAAM European
Office Director Barrister Majid Tramboo, the Kashmir Centre.EU
(KCEU) today hosted a demonstration outside of the Indian
embassy in Brussels.  January the 26th is celebrated as Republic
Day in India; the anniversary of the signing of the post-colonial
constitution in 1950.  In Indian Held Kashmir this day is observed as
a black day as the Kashmiris have yet to be granted their own
freedom.  Questions in the European Parliament concerning India's
violations of human rights in Kashmir continue to arise during
discussions of the proposed  EU-India Free Trade Agreement.
CANADA RESPONDS TO IACHR / LIL'WAT
CHILDREN CASE

January 9th, 2012:  The Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights forwarded to IHRAAM the response of the
Canadian government to the IHRAAM Petition to the
international court concerning the seizure of Lil'wat mother
Loni Edmonds' six children.  IHRAAM has one month to
respond.
THE OAS INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON
HUMAN RIGHTS (IACHR) SENDS A SECOND
REQUEST TO CANADA ON LIL'WAT CHILDREN
CASE

NOVEMBER 22, 2011: Responding to an IHRAAM Request for
Precautionary Measures in relation to Its case at the IACHR
concerning seizure of
LIl'wat children by the Canadian Ministry of
Children and Family Development, the Inter-American Commission
on Human Rights
requested that  the Government of Canada
respond within 20 days
to provide its Secretariat with information
concerning its seizure of the children of Loni Edmonds, as well as to
advise it whether the goal of the Ministry is ultimately to reunite Ms.
Edmonds' family.
IHRAAM INTERN ELECTED TO ADDRESS  
IYPAD CLOSURE EVENT, UN-NY

Following 3 weeks training at the UN in Geneva as participant in the
first Fellowship Program for People of African Descent organized by
the Anti-Discrimination section of hte OHCHR, Fariduddin
Muhammad was elected  by his peers to present their
Communication at  the Closure event at the UN in New York on
December 6, 2011 to the Honorable High Commissioner for Human
Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay.
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IHRAAM DELEGATES ATTEND DURBAN III AT
THE UN IN NEW YORK

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011:  IHRAAM representatives Queen Quet of the
Gullah-Geechee Nation and Dr. John Waddell attended the 10th
Anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism, or Durban III,
held at the UN in New York on September 22, 2011. Throughout the
lengthy day, a multitude of speakers addressed a global audience
that continues to be passionate about working to end racism,
xenophobia, racial discrimination, and other forms of intolerance.  
More:
IACHR GIVES CANADA TWO MONTHS TO
RESPOND TO LIL'WAT PETITION

AUGUST 22, 2011: Inter-American Human Rights Commission of
the Organization of American States (OAS) advised IHRAAM that a
Note had been passed to the Canadian Government, forwarding
pertinent parts of its
2007 Petition on behalf of Loni Edmond, Lil’wat
mother,whose children were taken from her by the BC Ministry of
Children and Family Development. The Lil’wat do not have a treaty
with Canada.
FRANCIS BOYLE AND ALFRED DE ZAYAS JOIN
IHRAAM DIRECTORATE

JULY, 2011: IHRAAM is pleased to announce the addition of Francis
A. Boyle and Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, to the IHRAAM Directorate.
IHRAAM’s human rights activities have expanded to include the
submission of Alternative Reports to the UN’s Universal Periodic
Review. A new People’s Bureau has been established to provide
consultation to national minorities and unrepresented peoples
related to self-determination. In the longer term, IHRAAM is engaged
in the establishment of an International Civil Tribunal .on the Right to
Self- Determination.
IHRAAM REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND
PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES

MAY 17-25, 2011:  IHRAAM delegates attended the May 2011
session of the PFII. James Louie, Alfred Nelson and Kerry
Henselwood represented the
Lil’wat Nation;  Queen Quet
representing the
Gullah-Geechee Nation also attended.
IHRAAM INTERN WINS UN FELLOWSHIP TO
GENEVA
May 2011:  Fariduddin Muhammad was awarded a UN Fellowship
for the International Year for Peoples of African Descent (IYPAD).  He
was one of ten successful applicants in a field of 640.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADDRESSES
KASHMIR IN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH
INDIA

The European Parliament has included a reference to the state of
human rights in Indian Held
Kashmir by the EU in its most recent
resolution regarding the EU/India Free Trade Agreement. Paragraph
33 “stresses that human rights, democracy and security are
essential elements of the relationship between EU and India; calls,
therefore, on both sides to ensure that dialogue on open issues is
stepped up, with particular reference to Kashmir.” Since the Lisbon
Treaty came into force, the European Parliament has the power to
say yes or no to trade agreements. Therefore, the European
Commission and the Council have to take note of this European
Parliament Resolution.
   
   
   
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