Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
From before recorded history, numerous wars have been fought over gold. More recently, due to the invention of the internal combustion engine, oil became the world’s most valued commodity. But because of the exponential growth of the human population, the next battle for control may be over something that at one point many of us took for granted, water.
From space, the Earth is sapphire blue because it’s covered in water. However, only 3% is fresh water. Governments and multinational corporations are scrambling to control access to drinkable water. But ordinary people continue the fight for their rights and against water privatisation.
by Jamison Maeda
The United Nations has responded to pleas for assistance regarding the thousands of people in Detroit, Michigan whose water has been shut off.
A statement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights. Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying…when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections. The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected.
We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This is one of the longest running police operations in the history of the Irish state and has drawn critical attention from national and international human rights organisations since 2006 over the alleged violence and intimidation used by Gardaí against campaigners.