The Right to Water in Southeast Asia

June 11, 2021

The right to clean water is one of the basic human rights that must be fulfilled. It should be noted that modern international human rights law dates back to World War II. Where the international community has vowed to never again allow atrocities committed during war to repeat.


At the United Nations general assembly held in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted as the basis of international human rights law. These international human rights include civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights. The enforcement of international human rights is the basis for the progress and development of the world, especially in the field of environment and sustainable development. 


Human rights and their involvement in decision-making and our contribution are critical to sustainable development and our survival. And anyone is entitled to the following rights, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, creed, and so on. These rights include the right to life, the right to work, the right to adequate food, the right to a decent place to live, the right to health, the right to social security, and the right to clean water.


Regarding the right to clean water, a report published by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) on the right to clean water in Southeast Asia has specifically reviewed it with the title “The Right to Safe Water in Southeast Asia”. 

The report states that around 844 million people worldwide live without access to clean and safe water every day, and 110 million of them live in Southeast Asia. Especially those who live in rural areas, to get a source of clean water they have to walk many kilometers first for drinking and cooking needs.


If you want to know more about the report published by RWI, please visit the website www.rwi.or.id or RWI’s official social media.



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