UN Special Rapporteur’s visit to India

Visiting India at the crucial juncture of the rapid progress towards eliminating open defecation through the Clean India Mission (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), the UN Special Rapporteur called on all levels of the Government of India to incorporate a human rights perspective in its national programmes on water and sanitation. “Everywhere I went, I saw the logo of the Clean India Mission – Gandhi’s glasses. In its third year of implementation, now is a critical time to replace the lens of those glasses with the human rights lens,” said Léo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Read a short press release on the visit and the longer statement by Léo Heller at the end of the visit. The Special Rapporteur will submit a full report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2018.

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