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UN officials 'shocked' by Detroit’s mass water shutoffs | Al Jazeera America
"“Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” U.N. officials de Albuquerque and Farha wrote in advance of their arrival." [...] for example, the agency spent $537 million that had been earmarked for repairs paying off interest-rate swaps to major banks." --- A United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation visited Detroit over the weekend, where thousands of city residents have been left without water because they can't afford to pay water bills (prices have skyrocketed to twice the national average). She was "shocked" by the way the shut off is "affecting the weakest, the poorest and the most vulnerable.” - via https://www.facebook.com/moyersandcompany/posts/888065581211454 & http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/6/detroit-public-watershutoffsunitednationsprivatization.html
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october 2014 by asterisk2a

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