Statement on “Excessive Force” at Standing Rock from the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly Nov. 15th 2016

Respectful Greetings,

Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association called the response of law enforcement to the peaceful protests against the DAPL pipeline as “excessive force”.  In a UN release issued yesterday, November 15th 2016, the Special Rapporteur stated that “Law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force to deal with opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline”.

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According to the release issued by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, his statement was also endorsed by the Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz; the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, Karima Bennoune; the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, John Knox; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Michel Forst; the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller; and the current Chair of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, Pavel Sulyandziga.

IITC was honored to be able to submit information and testimony to this Special Rapporteur including from Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault, Grand Chief Edward John (UNPFII)  and IITC’s human rights observer Roberto Borrero to this Special Procedures Mandate Holder for the achievement of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

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