Posts Tagged ‘right to sanitation’

Rights breakthrough: legal recognition of water and sanitation affirmed by UN

On 30th September 2010 the UN Human Rights Council, responsible for mainstreaming human rights within the UN system, adopted by consensus a resolution affirming that water and sanitation are human rights. Resolution A/HRC/15/L.14


Independent Expert addresses the Human Rights Council

On the 15 September 2010, Catarina de Albuquerque delivered a statement at the 15th session of the Human Rights Council, calling the GA resolution a breakthrough and introducing this year’s thematic report. (more…)

Human Rights Council to decide whether to pass resolution on the rights to water and sanitation

The Spanish and German delegation has raised a resolution on the rights to water and sanitation to be decided at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council.


The General Assembly formally recognises the right to water and sanitation

The General Assembly formally recognised the right to water and sanitation by supporting the Resolution initiated by Bolivia on 28 July 2010. The Resolution 64/ 292 acknowledges that clean drinking water and sanitation are integral to the realisation of all human rights.

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The African regional human rights system

PWESCR (Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)

The publication includes the background and origins of the regional human rights mechanisms. It elaborates the normative framework and rights recognised in the regional human rights treaties in the Africa. It also focuses on how to use these monitoring and enforcement mechanisms and some of the challenges faced in doing so. This is a learning tool for human rights Foreword vii defenders, especially trainers interested in conducting training on African regional mechanisms. With a focuses also on civil society engagement in the African regional human rights system, the publication provides useful insights at a practical level.

Recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation by UN Member States at international level

Amnesty International and WASH United, 2015

All UN Member States have recognised that the human right to water and the human right to sanitation are part of binding international law. This publication gives an overview of the most important resolutions and declarations, including the positions countries have taken.

The human rights to water and sanitation in courts worldwide

WASH United and WaterLex, 2015

This publication is a useful tool for judges, lawyers and those advocating for these rights. It should prove essential for crafting legal complaints that better ensure accountability for violations of the rights to water and sanitation and achieving effective remedies for those suffering such violations.

The Right To Water: A Tool for Individuals, Groups and Organisations Advancing the Human Right to Water

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 2007

This bibliography is a useful resource for individuals, groups, organisations, and scholars researching, promoting, or protecting the human right to water anywhere in the world. It is particularly useful for nongovernmental organisations working to advance the right to water and that desire to use the instrument of the law for that purpose.

Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights, Special Representative of the Secretary General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

John Ruggie, UN, 2008

Presents a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the human rights debate, and to help guide all relevant actors. The framework comprises of three core principles: the State duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and the need for more effective access to remedies. The three principles form a complementary whole in that each supports the others in achieving sustainable progress.

Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Beyond 2015, 2013, Civil Society Position Paper

This Beyond 2015 position paper addresses the three dimensions of the UN thematic consultation on water, namely Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Water Resources Management; and Wastewater and Water Quality. This Beyond 2015 paper focuses on setting out the importance of these topics for the overall post-2015 development agenda. It argues that the agreed overarching focus on poverty reduction for the post-2015 agenda cannot be achieved unless these three dimensions of water are addressed holistically.

The Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation in Law and Policy – A Sourcebook

WASH United, Freshwater Action Network and WaterLex, 2012

This sourcebook provides a broad overview of laws and policies guranteeing the human rights to water and sanitation at the national, regional and international level.

Independent Expert recommends sanitation to be recognised as a distinct human right

The independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, submitted a report focusing on the human rights obligations related to sanitation. (more…)

Independent Expert is appointed

The Human Rights Council has appointed Catarina de Albuquerque as the Independent Expert on Human Rights Obligations Related to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation. (more…)