Today, Honor the Earth joined forces with the Global Institute for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights to submit a formal request to the United Nations for intervention in the struggle at the Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The letter is addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation; the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment; Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples; and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.
"We ask that you intervene urgently with the U.S. Government and raise the violation of the right to water and other rights as mentioned above and the risk of violation of the rights to water and to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment of the Standing Rock tribe and others. This intervention should include calling on the U.S. Government of meet its obligation to respect the right to water; the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment; and the overall rights of indigenous peoples as well as its obligation to protect by ensuring that the State of North Dakota and private corporations do not violate such rights. The intervention should call for the immediate restoration of drinking water and cessation of the construction of the pipeline."
Read or download the full letter here.