Wednesday, September 24, 2014

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. September 22, 2014


Keiko Itokazu (Japan's House of Councillors, elected from Okinawa Prefecture), and Shisei Toma (of the Association of Indigenous Peoples in Ryukus) attended the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on September 22, 2014. Delegates from around the world held discussions on guaranteeing political representation and freedomfrom discrimination. They appealed to the U.N. over the ongoing United States military expansion in Honoko and Takae.

The expansion of a new base will add to the ongoing destruction of the Indigenous culture and sacred places of Okinawa.

The coral reefs of Okinawa, as well as other reefs of the Pacific Islands, are also being destroyed through pollution, and landfills and coastal developments. Over one thousand different species of reef fish, sea turtles, and marine mammals, even birds and other coastal species are being affected.
At least ten species that are already facing extinction will be greatly affected from the expansion of a U.S. military base. Among those species are sea turtles and the dugong.


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