(WASHINGTON TIMES) As President Obama travels to Flint, Michigan, Wednesday to highlight the city’s water contamination crisis, the United Nations said it might initiate a human rights complaint in the case based on racism and class bias, a narrative the White House didn’t dispute.
The U.N. said it’s weighing whether to insert itself in the probe into contaminated drinking water after a trio of U.N. human rights experts in Switzerland said that racism and class discrimination may have played a key role in the scandal. The U.N. human rights office in Geneva called on authorities to draw up a “human rights complaint strategy” to address the crisis.
Experts in the U.N. office say the human rights complaint could be lodged in order to ensure that other U.S. municipalities don’t make the same mistakes that local, state and federal officials made in handling Flint’s water supply needs, which has left residents dealing with the health impact of lead-contaminated water.
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