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“Habi” in The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water Report

July 31, 2012 by   ·   No comments

In December 2011, Habi Center received a call from The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water, Catarina de Albuquerque, as she was to develop her next report to the Human Rights Council which will deal with Stigmatization in the Realization of the Rights to Water and Sanitation. As a response, Habi has submitted its input report in January 2012. The report based on Habi’s 2010 and 2011 Right to Water Reports and the indicators that have been revealed through them. The reports highlight the violations undergone by citizens in accessing safe drinking water and with appropriate cost. The submitted report sheds light on the citizens’ sufferance because of water problems, reasons of water cut off, how citizens express their resentment, the different governances that suffer from water problems and right-to-water case studies that Habi has conducted. In May 2012, Habi received the final report of The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water report that has been submitted the Human Rights Council. The report is entitled “ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Good practices in realising the rights to water and sanitation”. The report consists of four chapters and introduction each focuses and tackles one issue and topic as following:

–          Introduction: focuses on right to water in general and water as a fundamental human right, it also sheds light on human rights and MDGs.

–  Chapter one: examines State actions and the legal and institutional frameworks that promote the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation, in addition to the international and national legislation and policies.

–  Chapter two: considers financing for the sectors, and presents good practices for targeted budgeting, with a particular focus on the difficulties of securing sufficient funding for realising the right to sanitation.

–  Chapter three:  stresses what non-State stakeholders are doing to promote and protect the rights to water and sanitation, and presents practices that raise awareness about what the rights to water and sanitation can mean to civil society.

–  Chapter four: gives a complete picture by presenting practices that demonstrate how States and other actors can be held accountable through the monitoring of water and sanitation services.

In chapter three, which sheds light on raising awareness about the right to water and sanitation, the report highlights “Habi” as one of the organizations that launch right to water website to monitor violations concerning right to water as following:

“… Local organizations have also set up their own websites on the right to water, to provide a forum where complaints regarding poor quality water or other violations of the right to water can be registered. One such website is of the Habi Center for Environmental Rights, based in Egypt.”

On the Right Track: Good practices in realising the rights to water and sanitation, P. 157

It is worth to mention that Habi’s right to water website was listed as a reference for right to water information and right to water in Egypt.

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