UN: Detroit Water Cutoffs May Violate Human Rights

Steve Pardo, Detroit News, June 25, 2014

United Nations experts said Wednesday that Detroit’s decision to cut off water to residents who haven’t paid their bills may violate international human rights.

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights put out a press release from Geneva citing three experts in response to reports that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is cutting off water access to thousands of residents in the city.

“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,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, identified as an expert on the human right to water and sanitation.

“Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying. In other words, when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”

The U.N. experts said international human rights law requires governments to take urgent measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation.

“The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected,” the U.N. statement said.

The U.N. opinions were based on the assumption that mostly low-income customers are being targeted. But the accusation that the Detroit water department is targeting poor customers isn’t true, said Curtrise Garner, a department spokeswoman.

“We are seeking payments for our delinquent water and sewerage accounts,” Garner said Tuesday.

A coalition of welfare rights groups that appealed this week to the United Nations to assist Detroit residents about stopping the water shut-offs welcomed the comments of the UN’s experts. {snip}


In March, the utility announced it was starting a campaign to target tens of thousands of Detroiters with balances more than $150 overdue or more than two months behind on their payments. Half of the nearly 324,000 water and sewerage accounts are overdue, according to the department.

The company put out 46,000 shut-off notices this spring. Shut-offs, so far, have totaled about 4,500, according to the department.



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  • Frank_DeScushin

    “The U.N. opinions were based on the assumption that mostly low-income customers are being targeted.”

    The U.N. opinions are irrelevant then because their assumption is wrong. It’s not low income people being “targeted”. It’s people who are not paying their bill who are being targeted. There are plenty of low-income people not being targeted because they’re paying their water bill.

    And why is it that black people are allegedly always being “targeted”? As always in these articles, the media makes it sound like black people did absolutely nothing to warrant the reaction being taken against them.

    • Rhialto

      The UN opinion is irrelevant because it’s moot. The UN has no legal authority over any US government or private entity.

      • Al Rex

        The United States is a founding member of the United Nations and must abide the the mandates enumerated in its charter.

        • IstvanIN

          We pay for the UN, our military is the UN military UN and no, we do not have to abide by anything. In fact we could toss the whole lot out.

          • gregCall

            And we should as soon as possible.

          • Al Rex

            We have a moral obligation to abide by the rules of the UN. Yes, we don’t have to but as a representative of a civilized nation the United States will adhere to whatever the UN decides because we have our representatives in that body.

          • IstvanIN

            Moral obligation to abide by the rules of an organization filled with criminal, alien, third world [email protected]? Oh yeah, we should be just like those terrible places.

        • Why don’t you go eff off? I hate the UN and want them all KIA. They need to die tomorrow afternoon.

        • Any organization that would have North Korea on something called a “human rights council” doesn’t deserve any respect.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      There is no racial discrimination against blacks, but there is discrimination against people who do not pay their bills or commit violent crimes. This latter kind of discrimination is the only kind of discrimination that blacks have to put up with. Of course, blacks are disproportionately overrepresented among the “victims” of this kind of discrimination because they are more likely than other segments of the population to engage in anti-social behavior.

      • So CAL Snowman

        “There is no racial discrimination against blacks, but there is
        discrimination against people who do not pay their bills or commit
        violent crimes.”

        Exactly. That’s why they invented the Orwellian term “disparate impact” to make an end run around the actual lack of discrimination against the blacks.

  • MekongDelta69

    Q. Does The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights care about White people in DIE-Troit (or anywhere in the world)?

    A. NO.

    • propagandaoftruth

      So let the effing UN pay for their effing water, eh?

      Take up a collection in effing Kenya.

      • The UN doesn’t have any money, either. They steal it from people who work to earn it.

        • propagandaoftruth

          The UN is the worst case of high minded Western intentions meet the bongo club reality of third world dependency, spite, cronyism and incompetence.

  • Jesse James

    Bottom line: The UN has no jurisdiction in the United States. A decent President would tell them to stay out of our internal affairs or he will evict them from their New York thieves den.

    • Tarczan

      That’s the beauty of it, it would be such an over the top power grab by O to try to do something with this. I hope he does.

    • TruthBeTold

      Unfortunately, most of our presidents have used the UN to claim legitimacy in their actions. It’s sort of difficult to untangle it now.

      Our presidents gave up power to the UN years ago.

      Can it be taken back? With the right leader, yes but who is willing to take back the power they gave away?

      • So CAL Snowman

        “Unfortunately, most of our presidents have used the UN to claim
        legitimacy in their actions. It’s sort of difficult to untangle it now.

        Our presidents gave up power to the UN years ago.”

        Yet another wonderful, enduring legacy of World War 2. I’m so glad the USA fought that war so that we could cede our moral authority to a gang of international bureaucrats hell bent on destroying the national sovereignty of all White, western nations.

        • Beloved Comrade

          If those WW II allied soldiers had known what their countries were going to be turned into, they would have mutinied and stayed home.

          • One does the job for which one is paid. When the officers say “take that concrete building”, you just do it, preferably at night. You can’t see anything, anyway, so you might as well do it in the dark. Always go top-down in a building using fire department ladders, because guys just like me liked posting hand grenades down stairwells. Only n-words would try a concrete building from the bottom-up. This is why I know we are going to win.

  • Tarczan

    This works for me on so many levels. This should be extended to all urban areas, we can’t possibly expect darkies to figure out how to purify water, let alone treat human waste.

    It would be so cool to have suburbanites forced to further subsidize black insolvency, which they already do to a certain extent.

  • GM (Australia)

    This article simply says what the UN is really all about, pro black, anti-White.
    Is the UN going to investigate all the problems with White people here in NSW who can not pay their electricity bills this very cold winter because of our ridiculously high electricity prices which in turn have been further aggravated due to UN inspired carbon taxes? I very much doubt it.
    In fact, can someone tell me if the UN has ever intervened on behalf of white people anywhere, ever?
    Also, can someone really tell me what the core business of the UN is these days and if that organisation still has any use in preventing conflicts, the real reason why the UN was set up in the first place?

    • Jesse James

      This is another of the globalist’s slow pitches designed to set up a pre-planned series of actions that result in the US surrendering more sovereignty. There is no UN standing army (yet) and no global taxation system so they exists pretty much by our will. Should a real national American government be formed again sometime in the near future we could pull out of the organization and tear down their wretched headquarters and turn it into a public park.

    • Rosenmops

      can someone tell me if the UN has ever intervened on behalf of white people anywhere, ever?

      Possibly but only if they are Muslim.

  • Tom Thumb

    At some point, the UN is coming into this country, invited or otherwise.

    • Katherine McChesney

      There are videos of UN vehicles being shipped all over the U.S. They’re on youtube. You might try to google them.

  • TruthBeTold

    Notice we’ve gone from civil rights to human rights and human rights means I must have everything you have.

  • Samuel_Morton

    It should be a civil rights violation that one of America’s great cities was destroyed by Africans.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Someone here recently commented that forced integration is a human rights violation.
      Reason #1547 why we should leave the U.N., kick it out of NYC, and stop paying for it.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Having your water cutoff do to non payment is not a violation of one’s human rights. FORCED integration on the other hand, is a violation of White people’s human rights. How many blacks in Detroit are being raped and murdered because their water is being cut off? How many Whites have been raped and murdered simply because they were not allowed the RIGHT to freedom of association? It’s funny, Whites are so evil and oppressive but it is a violation of african civil rights if africans are not allowed to live in the same cities and neighborhoods as Whites. It’s pretty obvious that IF africans have human/civil rights in the Western world then White people CANNOT have human/civil rights in the Western world.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      That’s why rights are negative, not positive. Positive rights are based on the idea that everyone is obligated to provide something for everyone else and that this obligation must be enforced by the state. As such, positive rights are the antithesis of freedom. Only negative rights preserve human freedom. This is because they are predicated on the idea that everyone should be able to pursue life, liberty and happiness free of state coercion. Both conceptualizations of human rights are actually mutually contradictory. You can’t have one and the other at the same time. So if you value freedom, you’ll reject positive rights because these necessarily entail uninvited state intervention.

      • So CAL Snowman

        I agree 100%. That’s why the right to say “NO” to non-Whites is the most sacred right of all. That’s why they outlawed White people’s right to freedom of association. Once it became illegal for Whites to tell non-Whites “no” the game was over.

  • Tarczan

    In Cleveland we are entering into a period of water rate increases, doubling them over a 5-6 year period. It is being fought in the courts, but no doubt there will be substantial increases. It will further devastate the inner cities, and result in an even higher rate of nonpayment.

    I wonder if it will be enough to wake up some of the suburbanites.

  • twodogshumping

    Rights for water..As a white man living in northern Canada i find this obscene..I drilled a dry well on my property cost me $15,000 for a dry hole in the ground..water wells are a risk and we paid for that.I paid another $8000 to put in an underground water tank..I pay $177 a month for water delivery and make sure every drop is used properly.I use 1250 gal a month…wonder what the average savage in Detroit uses.

    • LHathaway

      Actually, people packed in cities tend to use less resources per person than those in rural areas. I’m sure someone interested in ‘carbon footprints’ knows something about it.

  • logwarrior

    Clean water is not a right.

  • Dave West

    Let’s see someone has to extract the water; treat and clean the water, transport the water. Clean water sounds like a privilege to me.

    • Not to mention the sewage treatment .

    • Pro_Whitey

      You’re using facts and logic. That’s racist!

  • Dave West

    Negro logic…….plastic rims to put of my 1996 Ford Taurus or pay my water bill? …….. Rims fo sho nigga! water be all free anyway!

  • MBlanc46

    Unfortunately for you, Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN has absolutely zero jurisdiction. Unfortunately for us, Obama will almost certainly make us pay their water bills.

  • LHathaway

    With their pin-point examiners, the UN has discovered human rights issues in the USA. Blacks in Detroit being treated unfairly.

  • gregCall

    Catarina de Albuquerque should put her money where her mouth is and invite ALL the people who are delinquent in Detroit to come to Geneva an let the “The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights” take over catering to their needs. They love diversity over there anyway so it would be a win/win situation for all involved.

  • Beloved Comrade

    Hey Detroit: You’ve voted in “progressive” Democrat mayors since 1962 who’ve turned your city from the richest in the entire nature to one that in 2013 filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the nation.

    You kept electing Democrat mayors and now you cannot afford water. You got yourself into this mess because you thought “social justice” meant providing resources to you for free without you being required to offer anything in exchange.

    What you owe to the dept. of water (or gas or property taxes or electricity) should be deducted off the top of your EBT card or welfare grant until you obligation is met.

    Elections have consequences. Don’t like it? Go cry to Karl Marx.

    BTW, the UN has no jurisdiction here.

  • Jesse James

    Blacks are clearly being mistreated in America, the UN has a duty to protect these people. The best way I can think of to protect them is to send them to countries that have African majority populations so they will never again be in the horrible position of being a minority. American blacks should be begging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to help them escape back across the Middle Passage. Blacks your homeland awaits! Go, go you have nothing to lose but your chains. Africa for Africans.

  • Bb

    There is no “Human right” to water. Just as there is no “human right” to your bank account. If a “right” requires someone else to do something, at the point of a government gun, something they would not normally agree to do, then it isn’t a “right”. It’s a priveledge dependant on the person who decides to perform it. If it’s performed under threat of force by the government, then you can see why many of us are fed up with government and uninformed citizens claiming “righs” they have no actul posession of.

  • IKUredux

    Since the Useless States of America pays many of the U.N.’s bills, having the U.N. pay for it is just like having the US taxpayer do it. Oh, come on! We taxpayers are expected to pick up Detroit’s bankruptcy bills, and now, we are expected to pick up their water bills? When does this shiite end? When do Blacks actually justify their existence on this earth? Huh? WHEN? They haven’t done it thus far. I’m sorry, but “twerking” and rap music is not enough. Sheesh, I’m sorry, but I am afraid I am going to come across as a racist. What, exactly, have all the other races on this earth done to promote civilization, or ecology, or anything, WHAT? They have not contributed Jack. Shiite, the Chinese pollute more than anybody, they continue to buy elephant tusks, and rhino horns, my God, there is no more despicable race on the earth. The Chinese are venal, immoral, they don’t care if they kill our children or our pets with their cheap shoddy products. What have the Africans contributed to the the civilization of the world? Oh, wait, I know, disaffected White youths who have been brainwashed about the so-called destructiveness of their race have taken on the bizarre piercings and earlobe distensions of African tribes, in a desperate attempt to fit in somewhere. And we are allowing our children to be “educated” in this anti-White, anti-Western civilization brainwashing crap. Why are we allowing this? Come on people! There are only two choices. Influence who is on the school board or…

  • KyraNelson

    Oh, the precious UN. Just chock full of “human rights.” The UN is a bullsh*t factory.

  • I hope the US nukes the UN.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Surely you don’t mean that ‘nice’ building on the East River in Manhatten Michael? Lol

      • A B-61 would be perfect for that one.

        • IstvanIN

          You can flatten NY with conventional weapons but no atomic weapons and not on NJ. You wouldn’t want Colorado nuked, would you?

  • I honestly hope we get to kill every UN PoS.

  • ViktorNN

    I wonder what percentage of the people who can’t pay their water bill are also completely dependant on the government for their subsistence. I bet it’s pretty high.

    Michigan has a choice to make. Either what’s left of Detroit is going to be a sort of “Black Reservation” where most of the population is completely dependent on the government i.e. the rest of the people in the state, or, the state government needs to step up and put these people to work doing something – anything – productive.

    Not an easy choice is it? I’m guessing Detroit will continue to be a Black Reservation, and become even more so.

  • Hey UN, try interfering in my country. Just try it!

  • blackjack322

    The U.N. has no jurisdiction in the United States.

    • The purpose of the UN was as a forum in which settle international disputes without recourse to my favorite team sport, armed conflict. It was absolutely not created as an agency to settle unpaid municipal utility bills.

      • blackjack322

        Even in armed domestic conflict between two entities, the U.N. still has no jurisdiction.

        Not over my dead body they don’t.

        • I was badly wounded in Croatia in 1991. The shot broke my right arm. We marched out, and I kept my rifle. I made no noise, even though it was very painful. I stuffed an old sock in my mouth to keep from moaning. I cried my eyes out. I was lucky it was a submachinegun bullet, as if the unseen guy had a machinegun that fired rifle ammo, I’d have been dead for the last 23 years.

          That is what the UN was originally intended to prevent, but they have failed at everything.

          • Alexandra1973

            Ask yourself this: Is it failure?

            Remember the 1984 slogan “war is peace.” Peacekeepers…yeah right….

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

    A simple solution would be to do what we have done in Sweden.
    When you but someone’s water off, you don’t cut it off completely, you just reduce the pressure so that all they get is a slow trickle.
    And of course only cold water.

    That way they get enough to drink, and to cook with, provided they are willing to wait a bit before the glass/pot slowly fills up and it will take forever to draw a bath and showers are out of the question.
    Flushing the toilets are still possible, just as long as you don’t do it more than maybe once an hour or so……

    Now they have water enough to live on, so their human rights are not being violated, but they don’t really have any of the comforts of it..

    • HamletsGhost

      That wouldn’t work here. The professional whiners would turn on the water works, if you excuse the expression, at the slightest interruption of their gibsmedats.
      Let them live like their African comrades do: Every morning, the women of the village go to the nearest borehole and carry back about 5 gallons in a jar atop their head. At least they’ll get some exercise out of it.

  • MooTieFighter

    Blacks are now officially the full responsibility of whites. It is now illegal for whites to refuse food, water, housing, health care, and even luxury to blacks. It does not matter if they refuse to lift one finger to care for themselves.

    • They could spend some of their money on the water bills, but that would interfere with their ability to get high.

      • Peter Connor

        Which is a human right recognized by the UN, I think.

  • Peter Connor

    Hilarious. Tell me again why we haven’t kicked the UN and its Marxist bureaucrats out of the country, preferably with extreme prejudice?

  • mikefromwichita

    Free water is not a human ‘right’. Ya want your tap to work? Pay your Bill, Fool. That’s what I do. BTW, I refuse to be your slave & provide your water or anything else.

    • As I posted a few days ago, they have plenty of water in Lake Erie. That’s free.

      I honestly do not know what the water bill here is, because it is part of the $215 a month homeowners’ association dues. We also get snow removal, trash pickup, the lawns mowed, trees trimmed, the buildings painted, the streets surfaced, and the swimming pool and tennis court maintained as part of that. I have owned my home for 18 years, and we have had exactly one HOA special assessment, for which I am insured. It was $6 grand for roof work, but my deductible was $500, so I only had to pay the five.

      I have the HOA dues auto-debited from my bank account. Likewise the bills for heat, electricity and telephone service. This way, if I am arrested again, everything keeps working until I get out. It’s also a bunch of cheques I don’t have to write and then mail. The postage I save works out to about $20 a year, which is more than five gallons of homebrew, so I am sometimes drinking for free.

      After I rinse and scrub out the cook pots, I throw the water onto the vegetable garden. Colorado has a lot of snowfall, but also a dry climate, so I don’t waste it.

  • mikefromwichita

    Do some checking- you will find that a large chunk of those not bothering to pay their water bill are employees of government at one level or another.

    • IstvanIN

      In NJ African government officials get arrested for putting their kids on free lunch programs.

  • Ella

    Well, there is always mother nature and Lake Erie to fetch water for survival reasons if you’re too lazy to pay the water bill or refuse to budget the govt. checks. Much like Africa, you carry the water in buckets or pass it down the line. Of course, Detroit Blacks would not work hard unlike their African brothers.

  • Alexandra1973

    You know, food stamps *will* buy a gallon of water.

    Around here we have water dispensers where you pay 25 cents per gallon.

    They could probably wash in the Detroit River if nothing else. What did people do back before running water…?

    • IstvanIN

      The population density in most places was less, not to mention that the modern city was invented by Whites people. Blacks just can not cut it in a modern city without a municipal water system. Search for African cities.