WaterLex Promoting International Water Law Obligations Derived from Human Rights Commitments at the ACHPR

Within the framework of the NGO Forum of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), WaterLex, WaterAid and the Legal Resources Centrer organised on 5-7 April 2013 a panel discussion in Banjul, the Gambia pertaining to the human rights obligations of States in relation with the protection of water resources.

The objective of the session was to seize the opportunity of the International Year of Water Cooperation to further assist the ACHPR in interpreting the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right and the subsequent Principles and Guidelines on the Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the African Charter as regards water resources management. Indeed, the ACHPR Principles and Guidelines are the only instrument protecting water resources as sources of drinking water from a human rights-based approach.

The panel discussion led to the adoption of a Resolution on international water law obligations derived from human rights commitments by the NGO Forum, which notably stresses on the crucial importance of the following principles:
1. Protection of the Quality of International Water Resources as Sources of Drinking Water
2. Priority of Vital Human Needs
3. Access to Information and Participation in Governance
4. Access to Justice and Remedies
5. Non-discrimination

The Resolution will be further submitted to the ACHPR for official endorsement.

For more information:
WaterLex International Secretariat
Tel: +41 (0)22 907 36 46
Email info (at) waterlex.org

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