To Our Global Community:
Doctors for Global Health is an international organization dedicated to promoting global health and human rights. We stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the water protectors who have gathered peacefully to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We stand with numerous other human rights organizations in condemning the violent repression occurring near the headwaters of the Missouri River. We denounce the violence committed by law enforcement and private security groups against unarmed demonstrators.
We are thankful that the US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will not grant an easement to Energy Transfer Partners, which would allow continued construction under the Missouri River. We are concerned by Energy Transfer Partners’ statement of intent to continue this project regardless, and we fear that this decision will result in further human rights violations, undermining of tribal sovereignty, and leading to loss of life. We urge Energy Transfer Partners to listen to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe when the Sioux opposed the pipeline in 2014, and when the Sioux continue to oppose the pipeline now.
In response to peaceful protest against this project, law enforcement, the National Guard, and private security firms have assaulted unarmed U.S. citizens, arrested hundreds, and hospitalized many. These incidents have involved the use of pepper spray, attack dogs, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, explosive pepper spray canisters, and water hoses in sub-freezing temperatures, tactics that carry lethal risk. We urge Governor Dalrymple to do everything within his power to demilitarize the area and ensure the safety of people who assemble peacefully.
Let us recognize this country’s genocide of indigenous peoples. Ignoring their current objections continues a centuries-long tradition of oppression that we as a nation and global community must actively oppose.
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