WaterLex, Chukwuebuka Edum was invited to the Expert Consultation through Dr. Mara Tignino. The event was organised under five-thematic topics:
- The need to integrate the human rights to water and sanitation into reception policies and destination countries
- Challenges to the enjoyment of human rights to water and sanitation by international displaced people
- Challenges to the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation during protracted displacement
- Enabling return through the progressive realization of the human rights to water and sanitation
- Building the resilience and the preparedness of water and sanitation services, and a special session on Accountability and humanitarian actors
Some of the highlights of the session includes the case study presentations by Auberge des Migrant, an NGO working within the France on the issues related to human rights and refugees. The NGO presented cases where government withholds access to water and sanitation as a strategy to deter refugees from converging at an area or camp. They also presented situations where politicians and campaign for offices based on their support for denial of access to water and sanitation to refugees.
There were extensive discussion on the indentification of the duty-bearers in the humanitarian situations, clarifications of the rules and provision of guidelines, recommendations to duty bearers through case-studies, complementary relationship between humanitarian actions and development initiations. Discussion also highlight discrimination on access to justice for victims of HRWS, the role of inclusiveness as an antidote to discrimination to access to water and sanitation, possibilities of implementing an effective accountability strategy for beneficiaries of humanitarian services on access to water and sanitation.
The event was attended by representatives of UNICEF, IOM, ICRC, Red Crescent Societies and UNHCR. The discussions will be part of the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.