Canada: Drop Charges against land defenders

The Indigenous Wet’suwet’en Nation is protecting its ancestral lands and waterways against the construction of a gas pipeline. Wet’suwet’en land defenders and their supporters who oppose the construction of the pipeline are experiencing surveillance, harassment and intimidation at the hands of the Canadian police. The Canadian police have unlawfully arrested Wet’suwet’en land defenders and their supporters. Seven land defenders have started trial or go on trial on 30 October 2023 and January 2024. Authorities must drop the criminal contempt charges against those arrested solely for exercising their Indigenous rights and their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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