Rethinking the concept of the human right to water

Dinara Ziganshina

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    Abstract

    This paper analyzes the current status of the human right to water and suggests that the scope of the human right to water under the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. General Comment No. 15 on Right to Water (.General Comment No. 15.), should be reassessed and extended to strengthen this right and ensure its full and effective realization, especially in water-scarce countries. Section A presents a brief summary of the current status of the human right to water. Section B provides a detailed review of access to water for productive use in South Africa and Uzbekistan and points out a need to extend the scope of this right to meet basic livelihood needs, based on water-dependent activities. Section C offers some suggestions on integrating ecosystems water needs in the scope of the human right to water. Finally, conclusions are provided in Section D.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-128
    Number of pages16
    JournalSanta Clara Journal of International Law
    Volume6
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Water law
    • Water policy

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