Human Rights

The entire nuclear fuel chain involves the release of radioactivity, contamination of the environment and damage to human health. Most often, communities of color, indigenous peoples or those of low-income are targeted to bear the brunt of these impacts, particularly the damaging health and environmental effects of uranium mining. The nuclear power industry inevitably violates human rights. While some of our human rights news can be found here, we also focus specifically on this area on out new platform, Beyond Nuclear International.



Standing Rock: Water Protectors Face Feb. 22 Evacuation Deadline

As reported by Democracy Now! headline news:

In North Dakota, water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin resistance camp are facing an evacuation deadline Wednesday, as the fight continues against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum ordered the evacuation. Water protectors are currently cleaning up the Oceti Sakowin camp, ahead of the anticipated seasonal flooding of the area. Some water protectors are asking for more time to continue the cleanup.

[See Democracy Now!'s regular reporting on DAPL and related matters, extending back many months.]


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: The EIS has been registered. Now we need your help!

[Feb. 9 update: although President Trump and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have arbitrarily cancelled the public comment proceeding on the Environmental Impact Statement, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and numerous environmental groups listed below are still gathering comments, likely with plans to deliver them, as best they can, to incalcitrant federal officials. As Democracy Now! reported on this morning's news headlines, a group of military veterans standing with Standing Rock hand delivered 200,000 comments to the U.S. Army Corps' Manhattan HQ yesterday, even after the Trump administration declared the EIS proceeding null and void! So yes indeed, please keep submitting comments, per the links and instructions below!]

On Jan. 23, 2017, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued the following action alert:

Dear Water Protectors:

On January 18th, the Department of the Army published in the Federal Register its Notice of Intent to require an Environmental Impact Statement.

This is another small victory in defeating the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

The fight, however, is still not over.

While the EIS is exactly what we called for, we must ensure that it fully takes into consideration tribal treaty rights, natural resources, cultural and sacred places, socio-economical concerns, and environmental justice.

We need your continued support as this process moves forward.

Submit a comment to the Civil Works Division, and help us show the Army that #MillionsStandWithStandingRock

Click HERE to submit a comment.


Standing Rock Sioux Sue for Halt to Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported by Democracy Now! headline news:

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a fresh legal challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, asking a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to block an easement allowing construction on the final leg of the $3.8 billion project. Tuesday’s lawsuit came a day after a judge threw out a separate legal challenge calling for a temporary restraining order against construction. The legal fight came as a top executive with the company building the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday compared his opponents to terrorists. In a written statement submitted to Congress, Energy Transfer Partners Executive Vice President Joey Mahmoud accused water protectors of violence and blasted them for shutting down pipeline pumping stations. Mahmoud wrote, "Had these actions been undertaken by foreign nationals, they could only be described as acts of terrorism."

[See Democracy Now!'s regular reporting on DAPL and related matters, extending back many months.]


Standing Rock: Indigenous Women's Gathering Planned for Feb. 18-19

As reported by Democracy Now! headline news:

Water protectors are organizing an Indigenous Women’s Gathering for next weekend, February 18 and 19, at the main Oceti Sakowin resistance camp. Meanwhile, activists in Bellingham, Washington, shut down Interstate 5 on Saturday as a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.

[See Democracy Now!'s regular reporting on DAPL and related matters, extending back many months.]


Report: FBI Terrorism Task Force Investigating #NoDAPL Water Protectors

As reported by Democracy Now! headline news:

The Guardian reports multiple agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force have been attempting to contact water protectors, sparking concerns the FBI may be investigating the indigenous-led movement as a form of domestic terrorism. Civil rights lawyer Lauren Regan said, "The idea that the government would attempt to construe this indigenous-led nonviolent movement into some kind of domestic terrorism investigation is unfathomable to me. It’s outrageous, it’s unwarranted … and it’s unconstitutional."

[See Democracy Now!'s regular reporting on DAPL and related matters, extending back many months.]