All the tar sands oil shipped from Canada through the Standing Rock pipeline is to be shipped world wide to the highest bidder and all the profits are to remain in the pockets of Big Oil. This pipeline DOES NOT help make America energy secure. This is US federal and state governments using your tax money to violently oppress First Nations Peoples objecting to a pipeline that was originally slated to pass through Bismark North Dakota, but after white protests is now being diverted through tribal lands.
Torture and Degrading Treatment of Water Protectors
Those arrested were held at the Morton County Correctional Center in 10-by-14 foot cages, some in dog kennels. They reported being forced to wait for access to food, water, bathrooms and medical attention. Some charged with misdemeanors were strip-searched. Women were left naked in their cells and male guards harassed them. Some people were zip-tied in stress positions for hours.
Water Protectors who had locked themselves to some construction equipment reported being waterboarded. Waterboarding has long been considered torture, which violates the UN’s Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ratified by the United States.
Reports directly from DAPL protestors at Standing Rock that the US Government are using Crop Duster planes to fly over protestors and spray them with chemical agents during the night.
Amnesty International, which has sent a team to Standing Rock to investigate the human rights abuses, stated that some of this treatment violates the prohibition on cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. (In addition to ratifying the Convention against Torture, the United States has also ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which outlaws cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.)
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