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UNHRC Resolution On Clean, Affordable Water As A Human Civil Right Puts International Pressure On US Government

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WASHINGTON DC, United States

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) adopted language in its International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant) review, April 2, that acknowledges the human right to clean, affordable water and the “right to life” in the face of climate impacts.

The United States is scheduled for the UNHRC review of its compliance with the Covenant and this review will require compliance with this new language. In the US, the Covenant has been ratified by Congress so in addition to being an international law, the Covenant is a US federal law, meaning problems for the US Government.