Zur Wasserkrise in Detroit.
Leider gibt es bislang keine Artikel in deutscher Sprache, darum müssen wir auf englisches Material zurückgreifen.
Als Einführung ist der Report von Maude Barlow u.a. (pdf) v. 18. Juni 2014 empfehlenswert.
The Blue Planet Project: Human right to water and sanitation violated as thousands lose water connections in Detroit: UN asked to intervene. 17. Juni 2014.
Independent European Daily Express: Water Cut-off in U.S. City Violates Human Rights, Say Activists. 19. Juni 2014.
The Blue Planet Project, Food & Water Watch, das Detroit People’s Water Board und die Michigan Welfare Rights Organization sind entsetzt über die Missachtung des Menschenrechts auf Wasser und sanitäre Grundversorgung in Detroit:
The Blue Planet Project, Food & Water Watch, the Detroit People’s Water Board and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization are outraged about the violation of the human right to water and sanitation in the City of Detroit and call on the authorities to take immediate action to restore water services and stop further cut-offs.
Darüber hinaus geben sie folgende Empfehlungen:
1. We call on the State of Michigan and the U.S. government to respect the human right to water and sanitation.
2. We call on the city to restore services to households that have been cut off immediately.
3. We call on the city to abandon its plan for further cut-offs.
4. We call on the federal and state governments to work with the city to ensure a sustainable public financing plan and rate structure that would prevent a transfer of the utility’s financial
burden onto residents who are currently paying exorbitant rates for their water services.
5. We call for fair water rates for the residents of Detroit.
6. We call on the City of Detroit to implement the original water affordability program immediately.
Und was können WIR tun?
The Blue Planet Project appelliert:
Tell Detroit to turn the taps back on: Water is a human right!
Water is a human right. Yet every week, hundreds of Detroit residents are having their water ruthlessly cut off by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, despite living on the Great Lakes, which carry one-fifth of the world’s water supply.
People are given no warning and no time to fill buckets, sinks or tubs. Families, seniors, sick and injured people and those with special needs are left without running water and working toilets, including vulnerable populations, sick people and others with special needs. People recovering from surgery cannot wash and change bandages. Children cannot bathe and parents cannot cook.
The plan to cut off water to 150,000 households by the end of the summer is part of the plan to sell off and privatize Detroit’s water system. In order to make the utility attractive to investors, lower-income households are being forced to pay exorbitant rates for their water and sewer services or see their access cut. Water rates have risen in Detroit by 119 per cent in the last decade. With unemployment rates at a record high, and the poverty rate at about 40 per cent, Detroit water bills are unaffordable to a significant portion of the population.
By allowing thousands of people to be denied access to water and sanitation services, the U.S. government is violating its international obligation to respect and protect the human right to water and sanitation.
Show your solidarity with the people in Detroit. Tell U.S. President Barack and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to uphold the human right to water and stop the water cut-offs!
Detroit Water Brigade auf Facebook