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A protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, November 15, 2016 [Image: Reuters/Stephanie Keith].

A protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, November 15, 2016 [Image: Reuters/Stephanie Keith].

The United Nations has stepped into the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, calling for a halt to construction.

As a citizen of the UK, which the UN has recently condemned over systematic violations of the human rights of people with disabilities, it will be interesting to see how the US authorities react.

Will they respect the advice of the international organisation which is based in New York?

Or will they ignore it and carry on doing whatever they like, no matter who gets hurt – as the Conservative Government in the UK has done?

United Nations experts have called for a halt in construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, arguing it could threaten the health and well-being of Native Americans.

The U.N. experts also condemned local authorities’ violent crackdown on pipeline protesters, accusing them of using unjustified and excessive force in their “increasingly militarized response.”

Maina Kiai, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, released a statement on Tuesday calling on the pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners “to pause all construction activity within 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe.”

Source: U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters – Salon.com

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