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Organization Proposal

We propose the establishment of the Human Rights Organization under the Political Affairs Society at BYU–Hawaii. Our organization also maintains connections to the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, under the guidance of office director Joshua Cooper.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Human Rights Organization at BYU–Hawaii; it is not limited to political science students. By holding monthly meetings, we will establish connections with other human rights organizations to facilitate volunteer experiences with students involved in the human rights movement. We seek to provide opportunities for education and involvement with issues involving human rights for students. With the unique diversity of our campus, we hope to empower students to return to their home countries with the knowledge of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will allow them to aid their government in the improvement of the quality of life for all individuals. Along with this knowledge, students that engage in the work with the Human Rights Organization at BYU–Hawaii will establish connections and relationships with other NGOs, thus allowing for future volunteer work opportunities and career possibilities.

We seek to give BYUH a voice in the international campaign for human rights. With every student’s involvement in our organization, we hope to provide a platform for promoting human dignity and securing the economic, cultural, and social rights of individuals everywhere.

Our Mission

Our mission is focused on promoting the human rights standards constituted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We seek to raise understanding and awareness of civil liberties and to prepare students of BYUH to exercise leadership through the establishment of a worldwide environment where there is equal opportunity for all people, regardless of who they are or what they believe.


Our organization seeks to educate and empower BYUH students with the knowledge of human rights. The Human Rights Organization at BYU–Hawaii will work with students to:

  • Help communities understand the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and help each community understand how it affects them specifically.
  • Enable areas of the world that struggle with human rights awareness: Pacific Islands, Philippines, Micronesia, etc.
  • Establish human rights connections between BYUH and other international organizations
  • Conduct lectures and seminars that will stimulate human rights awareness for students staff at BYUH.
  • Offer practical work to various NGOs that also advocate equality, freedom, and other human rights.
  • Aid indigenous people throughout the world and research human rights laws that will protect them.
  • Provide career opportunities, volunteer services with United Nations, and possible internships in target locations.
  • Assist those offended by injustice by creating a channel for them to be heard with the knowledge of the laws in place for their protection.


Volunteer/Program Coordinator: Christina M. Akanoa
President: Vaianui Iro
Vice President: Jone Temo

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