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Water Justice

Never mind that water is an essential element for all life -  in case after case around the world, water has been turned into a profit-making commodity. Results include municipal water systems being controlled by distant corporations, people being unable to pay for drinking water, rivers no longer flowing, and polluted-water-caused diseases like cholera.

By necessity, but also driven by a different vision, a global counter-trend has emerged to assure water as a human right and a precious part of nature. Several principles are non-negotiable: Water must be kept clean as part of a healthy ecology. Water is a fundamental human right and the patrimony of humanity, and must be available to all. Water should be democratically controlled by people or an accountable representative in the state, indigenous nation, union, or citizens’ organization.

Organizations throughout the world have won inventive guarantees that household water be free or cheap, accessible, and safe; that the earth’s water be kept pure and flowing; and that our collective commons be safeguarded.


On Coup Anniversary, Examining the US Role in Honduras

In this handout picture released by the Guatemalan Presidency, Hondura’s President Porfirio Lobo talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Guatemala City on March 5, 2010. (Photo: Guatemala Presidency/Handout)

State Department Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List

Soldiers and policemen are deployed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, next to a blockade. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON John Kirby on Wednesday repeatedly denied that the government of Honduras kills its own citizens, saying more than a dozen times that he has not heard “credible evidence” of “deaths ordered by the military.”

Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier

One human rights expert said: ‘This … reinforces calls that the US must withdraw military aid from Honduras where there’s been a bloodbath since the 2009 coup.’ Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A unit trained by US special forces was ordered to kill the environmental activist who was slain in March, according to an ex-member who now fears for his life

Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed.

Stop the Repression of Oaxaca's Teachers Union

Urgent Call for Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers Union

Report Details How US-Backed Coup Unleashed Wave of Abuses in Honduras

Before her assassination, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres criticized U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as an example of international "meddling." (Photo via Democracy Now!)

The U.S.-backed Honduran coup ushered in a wave of neoliberal policies that have systematically violated the economic, cultural, and social rights of the nation's Indigenous people, women, and farmers, while leaving activists and rights defenders—such as the late Berta Cáceres—vulnerable to criminalization and violence.


[For a list of embassies, see this post on School of the Americas Watch]

To the grassroots social movements, organizations and civil society around the world: