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Barlow speaks on the right to water in Mexico City

Yesterday evening, Blue Planet Project co-founder Maude Barlow spoke at a public forum in Mexico City titled, ‘Implementing the Human Right to Water: The Work Begins’. The forum was held at the Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (Human Rights Commission of the Federal District).

Barlow spoke about the process of the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation and what this means. She was very clear in stating that this right cannot be fulfilled for a group by violating other rights in another group. The Mexican governments uses the discourse of achieving the human right to water through big dams that displace communities such as Temacapulín, Jalisco. An engaging public asked several interesting questions and a nice conversation was possible.

Today, Maude will be at the Supreme Court to deliver the statement of the pre-audience on dams of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal. If you’d like to see the press conference that follows live at 11:30 EST, you can go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/centroprodh.

Barlow’s blogs on her visit to Mexico this week can be read at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=17823.