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#REPOST @yintah_access with @get__repost__app International Delegation from @amnesty to Attend Trial of Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

A delegation of Amnesty International representatives from France, Germany, the United States and Canada will attend the trials of criminalized land defenders from the Wet’suwet’en Nation in Smithers, British Columbia the week of 17 June. The delegates will be there to watch the criminal court proceedings and be in solidarity with the criminalized defenders, Sleydo’ Molly Wickham (Wet’suwet’en), Shaylynn Sampson (Gitxsan) and Corey Jayohcee Jocko (Mohawk).

The eyes of the world are on these trials,” Chief Na’Moks added. “If UNDRIP (the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) is to be respected, all the charges should be dropped immediately. It is not illegal to protect what is best for everyone.”

Ana Piquer, Americas director at Amnesty International, issued the following statement: “It should speak volumes that the world’s largest human rights organization has a global campaign to stop the criminalization of Indigenous land and water defenders from the Wet’suwet’en Nation. It is appalling that, instead of protecting the rights of these defenders, the authorities of British Columbia have decided to prosecute them. Some of these defenders even face possible jail time. Canada is on the sadly long list of countries in the Americas where land defenders remain at risk for their essential work.”

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