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Catarina de Albuquerque addresses stigmatization of groups who lack water and sanitation.

Sun, 14Oct2012 1 comment

UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation   Catarina de Albuquerque has called on states to address the issue of stigmatization of groups and communities because of lack to water and sanitation.

She presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council focusing on the links between stigma and the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation.

The 22 page PDF report “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque | Stigma and the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation

is available in  English French Spanish Arabic Chinese(Mandarin) Russian

Summary from Report:

“The Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation submits the present report in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 16/2. She focuses on the links between stigma and the human rights framework as it relates to water and sanitation. She has found that stigma, as a deeply entrenched social and cultural phenomenon, lies at the root of many human rights violations and results in entire population groups being disadvantaged and excluded.

The Special Rapporteur seeks to convey an understanding of stigma and to elucidate its drivers. She links stigma explicitly to water, sanitation and hygiene before examining different manifestations of stigma. She situates stigma in the human rights framework considering, in particular, human dignity, the human rights to water, sanitation, non-discrimination and equality, the prohibition of degrading treatment, and the right to privacy. Based on this analysis, the Special Rapporteur seeks to identify appropriate strategies for preventing and responding to stigma from a human rights perspective, before concluding with a set of recommendations. She emphasizes that States cannot fully realize the human rights to water and sanitation without addressing stigma as a root cause of discrimination and other human rights violations.”

  1.  Introduction
  2. Understanding stigma and its drivers
  3. Stigma and its links to water, sanitation and hygiene
  4. Manifestations of stigma
  5. Situating stigma in the human rights framework
  6. Identifying appropriate strategies for prevention and response
  7. Conclusions and recommendations

Strategies for prevention and response detailed in the report include

  • Participation and empowerment
  • Awareness-raising to break taboos and challenge stereotypes
  • Legislative, policy and institutional measures
  • Adopting targeted interventions
  • Adopting technical measures .
  • Ensuring access to justice

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