ESCR-Net Director publishes article analyzing the ongoing struggle for the right to water in Detroit

Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2015

ESCR-Net Members have supported the ongoing struggle of Detroit communities to resist the denial of water and sanitation to over 30,000 households.  In conversation with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO), the Strategic Litigation Working Group submitted an amicus intervention in the ongoing legal battle in February 2015.  This intervention was led by Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Social Rights Advocacy Centre (SRAC), and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI). 

ESCR-Net Members, including GI-ESCR and the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PGHRE) at Northeastern University School of Law also engaged in the International Legal and Legislative Summit on Water Affordability, Sanitation and Housing on 29 May 2015, while close to 200 grassroots leaders and human rights advocates, including Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice/Poverty Initiative, joined the International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing on 30-31 May. The struggle to secure the human rights to water and sanitation continue with the leadership of MWRO and the People’s Water Board.

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The related article “Beyond liberal rights: lessons from a possible future in Detroit” by Chris Grove, ESCR-Net Director, is available on OpenGlobalRights.

Download the article in pdf here