Global Justice Clinic Supports NGO Statement on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

On November 10, 2015, a group of NGOs working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene released a Joint Statement of Support on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. The Global Justice Clinic at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice is one of the signatories. The Clinic has been working on the rights to water and sanitation in  Haiti. In 2006, the Global Justice Clinic, along with partners, embarked on a project aimed at examining the violation of the right to water in Port-de-Paix, Haiti.

The current Statement seeks to bring the interpretation of the right to water and hygiene in line with the lived realities of rights-holders, and with the contextual realities for implementation. The signatories express their support for the draft resolution contained in UN document A/C.30/70/L.55[1], which distinguishes the right to water from the right to sanitation, and seeks to foreground the importance of sanitation as a human rights concern in its own right. It embeds States’ obligation in this field in the right to an adequate standard of living, and identifies both rights as integral components of the realization of many other human rights. The statements underlines the distinct but interdependent nature of both rights and the obligations of State parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to take steps – not merely to endeavor to take steps, as the UN document reads – to progressively achieve the full realization of the rights to water and sanitation, individually and through international assistance and cooperation.

Read the full Statement here.




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