The International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the American Association of Jurists sent a letter to all UN Ambassadors in New York and Geneva highlighting the U.S.’ belligerent occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Specifically, the letter notes:
The IADL and the AAJ fully supports the National Lawyers Guild’s 2019 resolution that “calls
upon the United States of America immediately to begin to comply with international
humanitarian law in its prolonged and illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands.”
Together with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG):
• IADL and the AAJ strongly condemns the prolonged and illegal occupation of the
• IADL and the AAJ also condemns the unlawful presence and maintenance of the United
States Indo-Pacific Command with its 118 military sites throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
• IADL and the AAJ calls for the United States to immediately comply with international
humanitarian law and begin to administer the laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom as the
• IADL and the AAJ calls on the legal and human rights community to view the United
States presence in the Hawaiian Islands through the prism of international law and to
roundly condemn it as an illegal occupation under international law.
• IADL and the AAJ supports the Hawaiian Council of Regency, who represented the
Hawaiian Kingdom at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in its efforts to seek resolution
in accordance with international law as well as its strategy to have the State of Hawai‘i
and its Counties comply with international humanitarian law as the administration of the
• IADL and the AAJ calls on all United Nations member States and non-member States to
not recognize as lawful a situation created by a serious violation of international law, and
to not render aid or assistance in maintaining the unlawful situation. As an internationally
wrongful act, all States shall cooperate to ensure the United States complies with
international humanitarian law and consequently bring to an end the unlawful occupation
of the Hawaiian Islands.
The IADL has previously passed a resolution on the occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom as well as submitted an amicus brief together with the National Lawyers Guild and the Water Protector Legal Collective in a pending case, Hawaiian Kingdom v. Biden.