RWI aspires to raise public awareness on safe drinking water as fundamental to ensuring a life of dignity for all. JAKARTA, Indonesia, April, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 million people live without access to safe water in Southeast Asia as a result of pollution, overuse, climate change-induced droughts, degradation of aquatic ecosystem, dams and contamination. A recent report, The Right to Safe Water in Southeast Asia - published by The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), China Dialogue and a researcher from the Ibnu Khaldun University, Bogor, Indonesia - shows that countries respecting, fulfilling, and protecting the right to safe water are in a better position to tackle water supply issues, and ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights. Victor Bernard. Recognising the right to safe drinking water as a standalone right or as a part of the right to a healthy environment. ASEAN recognizes the rights to "safe drinking water and sanitation" and to a "safe, clean and sustainable environment" as pre-requisites to realising the right to an adequate standard of living in its 2012 Human Rights Declaration. Yet, ASEAN does not have a dedicated treaty or legal instrument to support this right. The authors of The Right to Safe Water propose that ASEAN countries could:
- Protect the constitutional and legislative recognition of the right to water on par with other human rights.
- Develop and implement strong health standards in law for water contaminants, industrial chemicals and pesticide pollutants that threaten the right to safe water.
- Enable full public participation and access to information regarding water pollution, sanitation, and water services.
- Provide greater support for sanitation services and their universal coverage.
- Promote best practices in sanitation for rural and under-served communities, such as the community-led total sanitation system.
- Choose public or municipal water provision, where it can help provide lower cost and more integrated water policymaking.
By PR Newswire