U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters

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.”

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