I believe that the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
I believe all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of kinship, love and tolerance.
I don't believe in distinction of any kind, such as
- race, colour, ethnicity, nationality
- sex, gender identity
- sexual orientation
- language, culture
- religion, spirituality
- political opinion
- any opinion
- origin (social, national or any other kind)
- age
- weight, size
- looks, beauty or lack of it
- disability or illness, visible or invisible, of mind or body
- property, wealth
- birth
- other status or identity

Monday, April 21, 2008

Water is a human right

Our tap water is clean and good. I flush liters of good, clean and clear drinking water down the drain with my pee and poo every day, I wash myself, my dishes, my clothes in the same, clean and good drinking water, and I seldom give it any thoughts... I filled a bottle of some soda from a well known company with this water, and I came to think about India, water and Coca Cola Company.

Original photo of an Indian boy playing in water with all sorts of crap
And when I say "crap", believe me...

Water is not explicitly mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) but it can easily be understood as implicitly mentioned:
Article 25: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being"
Clean water is elementary part of healthy life.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Water: Evaluating Water as a Human Right and the Duties and Obligations it Creates

Solar disinfection of drinking water
2003 - International Year of Freshwater
We cannot tolerate children dying for a glass of water
Newater and Sg Selangor Water

May I offer you a glass of water?
Mumbai Dew... Mmmm... Tastes like...

Other points of interest:

"Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights" is full of interesting articles on human rights. Well worth reading.

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