Amnesty International is deeply concerned about how police in North Dakota have treated Indigenous community members and their allies opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Amnesty International observers have documented disproportionate militarisation and use of force by police in violation of the human rights to peaceful protest.
The situation may become even more serious in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s stated intention in his first 100 days in office of lifting restrictions on the construction of pipelines.
Send an email to President Obama urging him to halt construction for good of the Dakota Access Pipeline and respect the human rights of Indigenous people, including the right to peaceful protest.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should conduct an Environmental Impact Statement, including consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about the environmental and cultural impacts of the pipeline. The government should also seek the Tribe’s free, prior and informed consent before moving forward with construction regardless of the outcome of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Furthermore, the Department of Justice should investigate allegations of human rights violations by law enforcement against Indigenous communities and others opposed to the pipeline.
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