Blog of Rights


Puerto Rican Community Fights Human Rights Abuses

By Josué González-Ortiz, ACLU of Puerto Rico at 2:35pm
Water is life. In essence, that is the claim of members of the Villas del Sol community who filed a request for precautionary measures (RPM) to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The request seeks the IACHR's immediate assistance in forcing the Puerto Rican government to reestablish running water and electricity—services which have been cut off from this community completely with the exception of one month—since August 2009.  The RPM was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Puerto Rico and the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law.
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