World Water Day is Saturday, March 22. To commemorate the date, El Salvador's Human Rights Ombudsman, Oscar Luna, issued a statement on the fundamental natuare of water as a human right. Here is a translated excerpt:
The right to water is a fundamental human right, essential for the realization of a life of dignity and a precondition for the realization of other rights, in as much as water is a determinant of public health and thus for the rights to health, to environment, to food, and to enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and all other rights. It is essential to have water in sufficient amounts and quality and treatment and sustainable exploitation, to meet the core needs of the population and to ensure the good health and proper development of present and future generations.
Luna calls on Salvadoran government and society to take measures to address environmental degradation to the hydrologic cycle. He decries a general lack of interest by the government in addressing the problem and speaks of the need of a new law of water, and calls for a policy of just and sustainable development of the water resource in the country.
For more on World Water Day, you can visit the United Nations web site for World Water Day or read my previous posts on water issues in El Salvador. One organization assisting in El Salvador is Living Water, which has completed nearly two hundred wells and other water projects in the country.
La Prensa Grafica has a photo gallery with images of the role of water in life in El Salvador.