Water and Sanitation as Human Rights: Have They Strengthened Marginalized Peoples’ Claim for Access?

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September 2022
176 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5397-9 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5398-6 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Water and Sanitation as Human Rights: Have They Strengthened Marginalized Peoples’ Claim for Access? that was published in

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This book investigates the impact of the United Nations General Assembly’s 2010 resolution that elevated rights to water and sanitation are stand-alone international human rights. A major goal of creating this new human right was to incentivize governments to prioritize and pursue policies to improve access to affordable, potable water to the more than 750 million people worldwide who lacked access, as well as to provide the more than 2.5 billion people with inadequate sanitation. The book’s chapters use a variety of methodological approaches including qualitative case studies and quantitative studies that draw on data from around the world. The chapters reveal how the global human right to water and sanitation was created, how it has been used in rights struggles around the world, and the extent to which it has improved access to water and sanitation for the world’s most marginalized people.

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Cape Town Day Zero; water rights; water scarcity; water-justice; water-governance; inequality; South Africa; right to water; courts; vulnerable groups; UN resolutions; water; sanitation; human rights; human right to water and sanitation; HRtWS; natural language processing; machine learning; text analysis; right to water; constitutional reform; legal opportunity structure; water legal framework; socioeconomic rights; Brazil; Peru; Colombia; social movements; political cost; right to water; advocacy; activism; social movement; socio-economic rights; United States; political opportunity; coalition-building; collective action; human rights from below; human rights to water and sanitation; water access; constitutionalisation; norm diffusion; opportunity structures; human right to water and sanitation; water access; impact and efficacy of human rights; human right to water; courts; drinking water; irrigation; marginalised groups; indigenous communities; social and economic rights; human rights critiques; right to life; right to environment; human right to water and sanitation; global rights; human rights; evolution of rights; construction of rights; norm diffusion; Latin America; South Asia; Europe; Africa; USA

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