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UN resolution declares access to clean water as fundamental right

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Sheria (The Law Forum)' started by Ngambo Ngali, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Ngambo Ngali

    Ngambo Ngali JF-Expert Member

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    The United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution on Wednesday, declaring access to clean water and proper sanitation as a fundamental human right.

    While 122 nations voted in favor of the resolution, none voted against the measure. However, 41 nations abstained from voting, raising concerns that the resolution does not clearly define the scope of this new human right and the obligations it requires.

    The nations which abstained from voting on the measure included Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and Botswana. They fear the resolution might undermine the ongoing process in the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva to build a consensus on water rights.

    However, the nations that supported the measure, including China, Russia, Germany, France, Spain and Brazil, feel that the resolution will provide impetus to the ongoing consensus-building process in Geneva.

    The resolution declares "the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life," and urges the international community to "scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable water and sanitation for all".

    UN estimates indicate that nearly 1.5 million children under age 5 die every year from water and sanitation-related diseases, while some 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water and a further 2.6 billion do not have basic sanitation facilities.

    Nadhani Tanzania tutakuwa tumo kati ya nchi 122 zilizoridhia swali je serikali inaweza kutekeleza haki hiyo amabayo kwa kiasi kikubwa upatikanaji wake ni wa gharama sana na endapo serikali ikashindwa na wananchi wakafungua kesi kutaka haki yao ya msingi je mahakama itasema suala hili liende wapi maana halihitaji kutunga sheria bali linahitaji utashi wa serikali kuwapa wananchi maji safi.
  2. Chapakazi

    Chapakazi JF-Expert Member

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    hahhaa!yea...UN does it again!Such a 'fake' organisation! but wldnt mind wakini-fund ni research effect za hii 'new' human right!