HR2W just released a new Policy Brief on the human rights to water and sanitation and how are they protected by judicial law.
The human rights to water and sanitation are only recognised in national legislation in a small percentage of countries. Based on a multi-country review of judicial cases in countries where there the HRWS is not integrated in the constitution, we have selected a range of example cases to demonstrate how these rights can be protected in other ways. The examples range from judicial cases under the right to life (India); water pollution laws (Côte d’Ivoire); the right to sanitation through international UN resolutions and National missions such as Swachh Bharat (India); national laws that make discontinuity of water supply illegal (France); and legislation linked to landlord obligations for habitable premises (Australia). This policy brief provides a short overview of the cases, with reference laws.