U.S. GOVERNMENT MUST ANSWER FOR SYSTEMIC VIOLATIONS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO WATER AND SANITATION IN THE UNITED STATES AT HUMAN RIGHTS HEARING
NATIONAL COALITION’S PETITION FOR HEARING AT INTER-AMERCAN COMMMISION GRANTED
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ATLANTA, GA (March 2, 2016) – Yesterday, members of the US Human Rights Network-convened National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition were notified by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that our recent hearing request on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in the United States was accepted. The hearing will take place on April 4, 2016 from 3:30-4:30pm EST (IACHR 1889 F St NW, in the Ruben Dario room on the 8th floor, Washington, D.C., 20006 and livestreamed here), and will require U.S. Government representatives to be present, testify, and respond to questions from the Commission.
The hearing request not only highlights the current crises and persistent problems with ensuring the human rights to water and sanitation in communities in the United States that disproportionately impact communities along lines of race, class, age, disability, and gender, but also lifts up emerging better practices that, if invested in and promoted at a national scale, could positively address the growing crisis concerning the human rights to water and sanitation.
"The human rights crisis in Flint, MI is yet another example of how our communities are being denied access to the most basic of human needs. This hearing offers us a chance to expose human rights violations related to water and sanitation in Flint and communities across the country from Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Shell Bluff in Georgia, Lowndes County residents in Alabama, communities in California and West Virginia, to indigenous Navajo Peoples living in New Mexico. This crisis is not an accident. It is the result of our government's failure to prioritize human rights and cede power to corporate interests." said Ejim Dike, Executive Director, US Human Rights Network.
A copy of the request for the hearing can be found at: http://www.ushrnetwork.org/resources-media/ushrn-convened-coalition-requests-us-specific-hearing-iachr
ABOUT THE US HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is a national network of organizations and individuals working to strengthen a human rights movement and culture within the United States led by the people most directly impacted by human rights violations. It is a network of over 300 organizational members that is working to popularize human rights in communities across the United States in order to secure dignity and justice for all. www.ushrnetwork.org