In an impassioned plea for justice, standing rock sioux chairman David Archambault II addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Archambault has previously been arrested for his attempts to stand with his community against a reported $3.8 Billion dollar investment made by domestic and international firms with no concern for their families long term health outcomes.

Justice for standing rock.

Advancing the Standing Rock Sioux's legal claims in reference tothe 1851 Treaty of Traverse de Sioux and 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, Chairman David Archamabult II stressed the immense danger the Dakota Access project would pose to his community.

Protests kicked off in North Dakota following the announcement that construction would begin on a contested oil pipeline which traverses the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. A U.S. District Court has blocked the Dakota Access project from continuing. Archamabult's appeals to the UN Human Rights Council represent a vital plea for international support.

The tribal spokesman described"Thousands who havegathered peacefully in Standing Rock in solidarity against the pipeline," their sense of peace, solidarity and community. He went on to describe the immense outpourings of love and support the protesters had received from supporters both near and far. This humanitarian mission and appeal was carried out with the support of the American nonprofit organization Indian Law Research Center.

Just this week the International Criminal Court expressed an interest in pursuing crimes against the sovereign land rights and ecological safety of communities around the world.

Pipeline watch.

With dignity, David Archambault II:“This pipeline violates our treaty rights and our human rights, and it violates the U.N.’s own Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I hope the U.N. will use its influence and international platform to protect the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”

"The oil companies and the government of the United States have failed to respect our sovereign rights."

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