Chicago Clinic and Midwest Coalition for Human Rights Urge UN Investigation in School Closings

United Nations Urged To Take Action Following Chicago School Closures
Rebecca Klein
The Huffington Post
July 26, 2013

A Midwest human rights group is concerned that school closures in Chicago could result in human rights violations -– and they want the United Nations to take notice.

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights sent a “letter of allegation” to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, asking the organization to watch for “potential domestic and international human rights violations” in Chicago when school starts this year.

The letter –- penned by University of Chicago law professor Sital Kalantry -- explains that school closures will force children to attend far away schools, where they will have to travel through violent, gang-ridden communities.