UN requests inquiry into racial discrimination allegations of Line 3
The U.S. has an October deadline to respond to the United Nations’ request
September 9, 2021
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asks U.S. leaders to look into allegations that the construction of Line 3 in Minnesota infringes on the rights of Anishinaabe people.
In the August 25 letter, leaders of the U.N. committee requested a response from the U.S. by October 15 to allegations that it violated Anishinaabe treaty rights, including the right to free, prior and informed consent, the rights to health, culture and right of security and freedom from violence in allowing pipeline construction to continue.
The committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Adopted in 1963, the convention “solemnly affirms the necessity of speedily eliminating racial discrimination throughout the world in all its forms and manifestations and securing understanding of and respect for the dignity of the human person.”