Detroit Turns to United Nations for Help

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Things aren’t looking good for Detroit.

Earlier this year, the city of Detroit began shutting off water service for about 150,000 residents. Now, activists are lobbying for the United Nations to intercede, according to

Additionally, the Detroit City Council reportedly approved a 9-percent increase to water bills last week, even though the average is already “nearly double the national average of $40.”

In a report to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, activists have asked the U.N. to make it clear to the U.S. government that “it has violated the human right to water,” says Maude Barlow, the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. If the United States doesn’t cooperate, the government risks negatively impacting its Universal Periodic Review, which evaluates the country’s human rights record.

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