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Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation under International Law

Author(s): Azer Kasumov

Journal: Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 2223-2613

Volume: 14;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Water | Sanitation | Human rights | Legislation | United Nations

The Article briefly describes the importance and significance of water to human life. The article comprises a legal analysis of whether such a right is present in international legal instruments and importance of implementation to national legislation of member states of United Nations. While examining water and sanitation as a human right, the article also briefly touches on the Constitutional provisions of some member states and the interpretations of relevant resolutions of the UN. The next part of the article addresses the relevance linking of human rights and water and sanitation. And from the human rights perspective, the article strongly advocates that water falls in the category of a human right and not just a human need. The author concluded that the rights to water and sanitation have not yet explicitly entered to human rights spheres.
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