#WaterIsAHumanRight: Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

USHRN National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition

The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) convenes a national coalition, comprised of over 130 groups and individuals working on the human rights to water and sanitation throughout the United States. The coalition on the human rights to water and sanitation was formed in February 2015, following several key national convenings of people struggling with similar violations of the human rights to water and sanitation.  We have come together to facilitate joint organizing and advocacy and share knowledge to create change.

The coalition includes national, local, grassroots, and faith-based organizations, as well as educational institutions and law schools. The members of the coalition and the issues they represent span across urban, rural, and indigenous communities from California to Baltimore and everywhere in between. The coalition includes grassroots activists and directly impacted people as well as lawyers and experts on water policy, utilities, legislation, and human rights.

Some key accomplishments of members of the coalition include the following: Members of the coalition helped organize the 2011 official visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and the 2014 site visit of the Special Rapporteur to Detroit. They also worked for the passage of California’s Human Right to Water Bill. More recently members of the coalition successfully advocated for UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations on the right to water and had a thematic hearing on the national human rights to water and sanitation crisis at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in October 2015. In November 2015 the coalition sent a letter to Secretary Kerry on the UNGA water and sanitation resolution. In January 2016, the coalition sent a letter to President Obama calling for the forthcoming U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct (NAP) to address the human rights to water and sanitation. The coaltion organized and  took part in a UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) side event on World Water Day, March 22, 2016, The S Word: Putting the Human Rights to Sanitation and Water at the Forefront of Sustainable Development for Women’s Empowerment, watch the video here. Additionally we submitted a response to the UN Special Rapporteur on Safe Water and Sanitations’ questionnaire on gender equity. The coalition also submitted a hearing request for a follow-up hearing at the IACHR specifically on the human rights to water and sanitization in the U.S., with U.S. government representatives invited, for the 157th session of the IACHR in April 2016. The hearing request was granted and  took place on Monday, April 4, 2016, and you can watch the video here

Learn more and join our coalition to build our collective voice and power for justice and human rights!

You can sign up for the National Coalition on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Listserv here.



International Mechanisms

IACHR Regional Hearing on the Human Rights to Water & Sanitation in the Americas - October 2015

IACHR US-Specific Hearing on the Human Rights to Water & Sanitation in the US - April 2016


Resources

40+ Organizations and Leaders Sign on to HRTWS Statement (4/11/2015)

The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: A Growing Frontline of Struggle Webinar Recording

CSW 60 Event Video - The S Word: Putting the Human Rights to Sanitation and Water at the Forefront of Sustainable Development for Women’s Empowerment

Human Rights to Water & Sanitation Infographic 

Inter-American Commission for Human Rights Hearing Request on the Right to Water (July 2015) | Video of October 2015 Hearing on Right to Water in the Americas

Inter-American Commission for Human Rights Hearing Request on the Right to Water (January 2016) | Video of April 2016 Hearing on Access to Water in the United States

Letter to President Obama on U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct (NAP) (January 2016)

Response to UN Special Rapporteur on Safe Water and Sanitations’ Questionnaire on Gender Equity (January 2016)

Coalition Human Rights to Water & Sanitation Fact Sheets (1-pager | 2-pager)

Berkely Human Rights to Water Fact Sheet (English) (Spanish)

References to Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in International, Regional, and Domestic Human Rights Standards

IACHR Right to Water Chapter in 2015 Annual Report

USHRN Letter to Secretary Kerry on UNGA Water & Sanitation Resolution (11/19/15)

"End the Shameful Violations of The Right to Water" Huffington Post by Ejim Dike and Wenonah Hauter (10/22/15)

"What if Your Tap Water was Too Polluted to Drink?The Nation, by Michelle Chen (10/30/15)

"Flint: Fundamentally about human rights – UN experts underline" (3/3/16)

"People's Water Summit: Women and Girls "Bear Brunt" of Global Crisis," Commons Dreams, by Deirdre Fulton (3/22/16)

"Impacted Communities Testify on US Water Crises at Human Rights Hearing." Shadowproof  by Kevin Gosztola (4/4/16)

"U.S. Preaches Human Rights Across The Globe, But Fails to Provide Black and Poor People a Basic Human Right," Atlanta Black Star, by David Love (5/1/16)

Flint: “Not Just About Water, But Human Rights” – UN Experts Remind Ahead of President Obama's Visit (5/3/16)

USHRN Report on Detroit Human Rights Training and Tribunal (2012)

 

Derechos Humanos y agua

World Water Day 2016 Event -the Human Rights to Sanitation and Water

EEUU: Acceso al agua

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IACHR, water, ESCR