Coverage of IHR Clinic Director's Letter of Allegation to the UN on Chicago Public School Closings

Call for UN Intervention Against Human Rights Disaster Facing Chicago Schools 

Sarah Lazare                                                                                                                     Common Dreams                                                                                                               July 29, 2013

Chicago human rights advocates are demanding a United Nations investigation into the human rights abuses stemming from the closure of 49 public schools throughout the city.

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights—a coalition of over 50 social justice organizations, service providers, and university centers, sent a "letter of allegation" to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Switzerland, written by University of Chicago law professor Sital Kalantry with wide community input.

The letter charges that the mass school shutdown stands in direct violation of multiple human rights treaties of which the US is a signatory, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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