U.N. Asked to Examine Chicago School Closings for Human Rights Violations

Linda Lutton, WBEZ, July 24, 2013

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.

The letter also argues closings violate children’s right to live free of violence by forcing them to cross gang lines to get to new schools. {snip}


The United Nations does not have power to issue orders in the United States, but could investigate and issue findings. Past reports have nudged public officials to act or to re-evaluate their initial stance, Kalantry said.


Chicago’s City Council passed a resolution in 2009 adopting the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and ordering all city agencies to advance policies consistent with it. In addition, in the 1960s the United States ratified the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the U.N. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Kalantry says the nation is obliged to comply with those covenants.

Kalantry says she believes the United Nations may have received correspondence about school closings from parents or activists in other U.S. cities, but no other “letter of allegation” has been made public, and the U.N. has not issued any public findings. {snip} The U.S. Department of Education under former Chicago schools CEO Arne Duncan, has promoted school closings as a way to move students to better performing schools.


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  • borogirl54

    Isn’t it nonsense to claim that a child’s human rights were violated because the bad school that he or she was going to is now closing due to its inefficiency?

    • willbest

      You don’t understand. Now some of those kids have to travel into rival gang territory to go to school.

      edit: that was sarcasm.

      • Juan Outtamany

        Like MIchelle O keeps saying…. GET MOVING (fast)!

      • CoweringCoward

        No matter the city, state, or country, if there is a large black population, students need to zig and zag on the way to school (and maybe not go three on a match).
        Maybe the UN will supply MRAP scrool busses

    • The school closings are all based on percentage use by students and the schools they are being transferred to are receiving students for the same reason.

      This is not a matter for the UDN (United Destructor of Nations) to consider.

      Maybe black parents in Chicago need to consider their children’s ganging up more than anything.

      • dukem1

        “Black parents”…..”consider their children”…
        You are living in a dreamland.

    • dd121

      What ever happened to the notion that your elected representatives should be running our institutions?

      • me

        The communist Bantus won’t accept the law of the land…they are above the law and will go to the United Nations, the most corrupt organization on the planet, to force Whitey to pay for another failure of the Bantu population–educating their young.

  • Puggg

    United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago’s school closings.

    What’s there to monitor? Today, there’s a school, tomorrow, there’s no school. It’s not as if it’s as rare and sublime as a total solar eclipse coming right over your house.

  • Juan Outtamany

    A public education is FREE to the student
    and in Chicago, it is worth every penny

  • Juan Outtamany

    Maybe it is my tinfoil hat talking…
    This coupled with Agenda 21 and all that jazz really screams… you are witnessing the start of the UN controlled new world order.

    • Puggg

      I, too, have a tinfoil hat. The good news is that since my head is the size of a toy dog and not the size of a human, I don’t need as much foil.

      All kidding aside, I take this as bluffing and publicity seeking on the part of the “human rights advocates” who wrote this letter to the UN and sent courtesy copies to all Chicago mainstream media outlets.

      • Juan Outtamany

        good assessment

    • me

      Yup. The sovereign laws of all countries are being attacked by this rogue organization. The UN is corrupt as hell, racist, and just plain DANGEROUS. We should kick their headquarters out of NYC.

  • IstvanIN

    A Sital Kalantry shouldn’t even be here, let alone complaining about a US school. Why doesn’t she go back to India and fight for good school’s there? I mean, India is such a paradise.

    • KenelmDigby

      And you get poisoned from eating the school meals.

  • Ed_NY

    My human rights were violated when I was subjected to diversity via forced busing of the 1970’s.

    • Juan Outtamany

      They started the school bus-o-tears when I was 12.


      That is when I figured out we weren’t all shiny happy people.

      • sbuffalonative

        There’s nothing like interacting with authentic blacks to know you don’t want to interact with them.

        • Ed_NY

          I have had more then my fair share of diversity. I believe I have PTSD from my 43 years of dealing with blacks, in fact I want to be compensated or get reparations for the damages I suffered by way of diversity. I have been physically assaulted multiple times, survived an attempted armed robbery, subjected to years of constant verbal abuse, had my wages depressed to make up for the lost productivity of low performing blacks, was passed over for promotion for a non-qualified black, dropped out of high school because of the hostile school environment by way of forced busing, was exposed to preteen pregnancy, drug abuse, filth, violence,negro stink and the list goes on and on ad nauseam. Such are the benefits of diversity.

    • OlderWoman

      I am so fortunate to have graduated school in 1963. I saw what blacks did to the new brick school built in their neighborhood. They literally destroyed it. I left York, Alabama at the age of 21. Glad I did. I’ve googled the house I lived in and viewed the street I lived on. What was once a nice neighborhood now looks like a ghetto.
      The population is in the range of 80+ percent black.

  • bigone4u

    Follow the money. Like the SPLC, the Midwest Coalition is adopting outlandish tactics to further its fundraising. Old Rahm Emmanuel sure stepped in a pile of African generated manure when he got himself elected Mayor of the Windy City.

  • Spartacus

    “The letter also argues closings violate children’s right to live free of
    violence by forcing them to cross gang lines to get to new schools.”


    What about white children’s right to live free of violence and AWAY from the dark-skins ? Why are you forcing them to “integrate” with violent animals ?

    • So CAL Snowman

      People now have the “right” to live free of violence? LOL! Who enforces this right? That is the dumbest thing I have ever read in my life, these people need to be put down without mercy. God I hate this reality so much.

      • Puggg

        The same people who claim there is or can possibly such thing as a “right” to live free from violence moan and complain every time someone does what it takes to make a place free from violence.

        • sbuffalonative

          The same people who demand the right to live in a violence free community are the ones who attack the police for trying to make their neighborhoods safe.

          Why would any police officer risk his career helping these people when they turn on him in a heartbeat when they take down a thug.

          • Puggg

            And then the same people, before they ask the cops to make their neighborhoods violence free, neutered the cops to the point of near uselessness. Then they scream and whine for the National Guard to come in because the police can’t control the situation, because they made it near impossible for the police to control the situation. Then the National Guard comes in, tries to control the undertow, and the same people will be complaining about NG racism and brutality.

            I swear to the human being that bred the first pug, they must think we have some magic potion that makes people not commit crime.

          • IstvanIN

            You are talking about people who attack firemen and ambulances.

      • sbuffalonative

        They’re nothing but helpless children who never grow up and do for themselves.

        It always reminds me of a Jane Goodall video I saw.

        A group of chimps was attacked by a rival troop. The troop under attack ran to Jane Goodall as if pleading for her to save them. Goodall just sat their and let nature take it’s course. She knew she shouldn’t intervene. The chimps had to defend themselves. Chimps died.

        • Rhialto

          I guess the chimps did not realize that Ms. Goodall was a female primate, and female primates have no instinct for territorial defense..

        • DiversityIsDeath

          Jane Goodall seems like she would be a meddling, white liberal do-gooder, running around rescuing “primates”. [wink] Anyway, she did the right thing by not intervening.

          • She was an animal behaviorist, so she continued to do her job, and that was observing animal behavior.

      • Wethepeople

        You enforce your right to live free of violence, as per the second amendment.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Hey liblefty idiots…
    Your ideology has been the norm now for a half century. According to your best social engineers wasn’t ol’ blacky supposed to be all cured by now of his intergenerational post traumatic stress disorder?
    Trillions spent and opportunity cost lost to proving your warped and evil ideology.
    Here’s what you lefty Nazis can’t cover up for ever – when blacky is left to pay the bills…bills don’t get paid! Bills don’t get paid…no school!!!!! NO NOTHING!!!!
    Hey liblefty. Why don’t you go revitalize Detroit, eh? Move there…

  • Nick Gherz

    Chicago public schools are really daycare centers for single moms.
    I doubt much book learnin’ is taking place at these skoos.

  • MBlanc46

    Blacks have made some neighborhoods so unlivable–even for them–that the population has fallen. Therefore, school enrollment has fallen. Therefore some schools were underutilized and were combined with other schools. I’m not fan of Rahmulus. Via the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) he takes property tax money from schools, parks, and public services and gives it to corporations. Perhaps there was a better way to deal with declining enrollment. But I sure don’t trust the United Nations to discover it.

    • DiversityIsDeath

      “The school district has said the closings are driven by population declines in African American neighborhoods.”

      I was surprised– and skeptical– to read the school district’s claim. I see more and more negroes everywhere I look. They are breeding out of control. How can their population be declining, and In Chicago no less? Maybe rather than the neighborhood population it is only the school population which is declining due to non enrollment and high drop out rates. I don’t know.

      • MBlanc46

        It’s not that there are fewer of them in general, but there are fewer of them in some of the most devastated neighborhoods of the city. In places like Englewood, the population is thinning out. You find block after block of mostly rubble-strewn lots. The crash of the housing market hit places like that particularly hard. As soon as a house is vacant, the strippers come in and take anything of value (e.g., copper). The demolition of public housing dispersed many of them into scattered-site housing. Black suburbs are expanding. There’s even been some return migration to the South. The population of the city declined between 2000 and 2000.

  • Triarius

    Free education is not a human right. But blacks don’t know what human rights are, to them they are just “rights” and the word that comes before it is interchangeable. Therefore freedom is a human right, but could also be a civil right and vice versa.

    So now education, welfare, free housing, preference in hiring are all now human rights, when most of them are not even civil rights. Your average black does not have the mental capacity to understand the difference, and the ones that do are profiting off the ones that don’t.

    • CoweringCoward

      Public skrooling was NEVER about education, before “it” America had like a 95% literacy rate, today, not so much. Public school is all about teaching compliance and killing critical thought.

      • Nathanwartooth

        So is college.

        I consider myself very talented in logic. I never saw much critical thinking at all going on in college.

        One thing that should be pounded into everyone’s head over and over from a young age:

        If your premises are wrong, your conclusions will be wrong.

        Always, always, always check your premises. Throw out all of them and start from scratch if you have to. I watch people make this mistake all day long. Which is why people have such a hard problem accepting race realism.

      • This is exactly why a judge upheld a California ban on home-schooling. The purpose of public schools is not education, but political indoctrination.

  • I home-school my daughter, Ariadne. Would the UN please send us some people to make sure I am doing things properly? We live nowhere near the continental shelf, but have an unfinished basement with a drain in the floor and a self-cleaning oven.

    • Andy

      Good luck to you! 🙂 I love your daughter’s name.

      • Her name was almost an accident. I was working on a naval history article, when my wife saw one of my books open on the dining room table. Ariadne was a British cruiser. I had to explain to Sayaka that Ariadne was the wife of Theseus. She told me she was pregnant right then.

        If we have another girl, she will be Penelope, and if a boy, he will be Owen.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Frankly, I don’t recognize the ‘authority’ of the United Nations in the United States of America.

    This is the organization that Obama wants to sign a treaty authorizing this socialist, anti-American, morally bankrupt organization the authority to come on OUR soil and defile our Constitution to gun grab….


    • I’ve been told by one retired career soldier that if a US President ever signs the Gun Treaty, he will rearm me.

      During the early years of the current “Weimar Republic” stage of my life, I admitted that I used to collect military firearms. Howard’s eyes grew wide, and he said, “YOU, with guns?”

      I used to go shooting every weekend. Some of the Japanese engineers on loan to us via joint R&D projects shaped up into fine marksmen. My safety demonstration was always the same: I would carry a head-sized rock out to 100 yards and then walk us back before blowing it up with one shot. “Please be careful with these,” I always explained. Japanese were easy to teach, and with them I always brought out at least one Arisaka, with the Imperial chrysanthemum crest still on the receivers. I used to make the semi-rimmed 6.5mm cases out of .220″ Swift brass.

  • WR_the_realist

    Where in the Bill of Rights is everyone granted free education at the expense of whitey?

  • sbuffalonative

    They grow increasingly desperate.

    What none of these people understand is that these schools are run exactly as they demanded.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, it makes sense for the schools to ask for the UN’s help — the schools are helping to implement the UN’s NWO goals of spreading grinding poverty and misery everywhere.

    The letter also argues closings violate children’s right to live free of violence by forcing them to cross gang lines to get to new schools.

    So the UN Blue Helmets are going to come in and be stationed around as “peacekeepers” in obama’s hometown?


    UN Honors Warmonger, Bookburner, Mass-Murderer (Che Guevara)

    Townhall dot com

    At a ceremony in Havana last week, UNESCO (U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) honored Che Guevara by enshrining his writings in its hallowed ‘Memory of the World Register.’ The ceremony included several members of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s family.

    ‘UNESCO’s work is part of our support for freedom of expression as an inalienable human right set down in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ declares the UN’s mission statement.

    Human Rights?

    Yeah, tell that to the Whites in South Africa you hypocrites.

    The only good that could come of the UN is for the US to get out of the UN and the UN to be kicked out of the US.


    • Unfortunately, withdrawal from the UN would kill our Security Council veto privilege. Without a Security Council veto, membership would be an utter waste. I can’t imagine why Switzerland eventually joined the UN.

      • MBlanc46

        I think that US withdrawal would pretty much hole it below the waterline.

    • MBlanc46

      ” [I]n obama’s hometown.”

      Please, it’s not his hometown. He’s a carpetbagger. He’s from Hawaii and that’s where he’s going when he leaves office. He’s used us, now he’s discarding us.

  • Alex Dihes

    Men sit, drink.
    One says:
    – I call my cat Foam. How many times I have tried to drown him, he pops up.
    The other:
    – I call mine Boomerang. How far I have thrown him away – still he comes back.
    The third:
    – We call ours Obama.
    The guys together:
    – Is he so smart!
    – No, he just plays around, but don’t even think to catch mice.

  • flyingtiger

    Where were these people when Miegs field was illegally torn up at midnight? That was a real human rights violation.
    I always wondered, has anyone asked the street gangs to stop committing all these violence? That might work.

  • KenelmDigby

    Lefties never let facts get in the way of an argument.

  • Wethepeople

    UNPK in Detroit, MRAP patrols, checkpoints, of course these require air superiority ops and fire support.. It’s coming boys and girls.

  • YourMOMA

    Notice that blacks want to hold United States tax payers hostage in order for black teachers to maintain a good salary and benefits. The tribal mentality is strong with these people.

  • Could someone please pass a law that decriminalizes manslaughter when a UN employee is the victim? Those folks just need killing.

    At one point, the UN had Libya, North Korea and Iran on the Human Rights council. If that doesn’t totally discredit the UN as an organization, I can’t imagine what would.

  • Nixonfan

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants these kids to have a shot at literacy and a job. The labor unions couldn’t care less. And God forbid that anyone would ever subject these world-class teachers to competency testing. If you can’t read, you can’t teach molecular biology.

    • IstvanIN

      If you can not read you can not teach first grade.

    • MBlanc46

      Rahmulus doesn’t give two bleeps about those kids. The only people he cares about are his investment banker buddies.

  • Nixonfan

    The parking meter profiles every driver.

  • I think a reasonable response by the US government would be to find out how much the UN is spending on this investigation and then deduct that amount from our contribution next year.

  • Garfield Park is 95% black, so I doubt things have improved over the last 12 years.

  • MBlanc46

    Excellent report. Thank very much.