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Document Human rights council treats right to water issue, and France includes it in its new water law

Numerous States in Human rights council were united to ask the High commissioner for human rights to prepare a "detailed study on the reach and the content of the pertinent obligations related to the human rights that concern the equitable access to drinking water and sanitation" to be presented to this Council before September of 2007. The approval of this decision by the new Council of human rights constitutes a very positive step towards the international recognition of the right to drinking water like right protected by the international Pact relative to the economic, social and cultural rights. On the other hand, the right to water appears in head of the new French water law. The adopted text is: "Each physical person, for her feeding and its hygiene, has the right to access to drinking water in economically acceptable conditions by all".

Creator Henri Smets (email:
Publisher Henri Smets
Type of document Report
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Source of information Office of the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights
Keyword(s) right to water, water law
Geographical coverage France