Open letter: Amnesty International urges federal government, BC and RCMP to protect the rights of Wet’suwet’en land defenders

Amnesty International is writing with grave concern over the arrival on November 17 and 18 of new contingents of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia to join existing RCMP and Community Industry Response Group officers. The increased police presence has raised alarm and fear within the communities and escalated existing tensions. Already there are reports of multiple arrests made by officers who moved in today. We are concerned that additional arrests are likely and the risks of escalation this situation brings.

Read the full letter below.