UN asked to investigate

Do you ever get the feeling we’ve turned into the Soviet Union?

Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent a letter to the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago’s school closings.

The “letter of allegation” sent Tuesday evening to Geneva, Switzerland, asks U.N. officials to investigate whether the closing of 49 Chicago elementary schools violates children’s human rights.

“The United Nations taking this issue up and giving it serious attention will really bring home to Chicago and the United States that there are violations occurring here of human rights, potentially, not just about a budget crisis,” said Sital Kalantry, the University of Chicago law professor who filed the letter on behalf of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

“(It’s) not just about closing schools to save money, but you need to be concerned about the rights of children when you close schools,” said Kalantry.

The letter argues the closings violate the human right to equality and nondiscrimination by disproportionately affecting African American students. About 40 percent of the district’s students are black, but 80 percent of students impacted by this year’s historic number of school closings are black. The school district has said the closings are driven by population declines in African American neighborhoods.

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  1. When the Soviet Union was around, there was still another super power.

    With the way things are now, the US is THE hegemon, with no one really able to call the shots. The Russians and China can still veto things, but the US basically controls the bureaucracy of the UN and many officials there pretty much do what the US tells them to do.

    They tend to find “evidence” of wrong doing by other nations and groups if we find it to our advantage, but seldom are our government’s transfressions called out or recorded.

    Good luck to these Chicago letter writers.

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