Water as a human right
The neoliberalisation of nature, and water in particular, has triggered protests among indigenous peoples worldwide, accompanied by a looming human rights debate. In 2010, the UN recognised water as a human right. New Zealand, India and Colombia granted legal rights to rivers in 2017, setting pioneering legal standards. The EU-funded RIVERS project will research whether international human rights law can effectively address pluri-legal water actualities. It will analyse diverse realities of indigenous people's relations with water and will discuss inter-legal applications at various water sites at local and international levels. RIVERS will research indigenous people's perception of water as a natural resource and human right, and the related UN human rights system, towards new ways of conceptualising water and human rights.
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