On the afternoon of February 23, about 200 police officers entered the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. They arrived in armored cars, carrying weapons, and arrested about 46 people – the last remaining protestors from an 11-month demonstration against the North Dakota Access Pipeline and its planned route under the Missouri River, which nearby Sioux communities worry will threaten sacred sites and pollute their water.
According to UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the current US regulatory regime has failed to properly consult with tribal governments on energy projects, not only at Standing Rock but elsewhere. She also highlighted “the criminalization of indigenous peoples asserting their right to protest.”
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Source: Human Rights Watch