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The human rights to water and sanitation of forcibly displaced persons in need of humanitarian assistance

Introduction of the report

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, Léo Heller, will focus his 2018 annual report to the Human Rights Council on the issue of the human rights to water and sanitation of forcibly displaced persons in need of humanitarian assistance.

For the purposes of the report, forcibly displaced persons are “those who are forced to move, within or across borders, due to armed conflict, persecution, terrorism, human rights violations and abuses, violence, the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters, development projects or a combination of these factors”. 

The report will specifically target those who are unable, for reasons beyond their control, to realize their rights to water and sanitation by their own means and have to rely, as a result, on international and/or national humanitarian assistance - mainly internally displaced persons, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in a vulnerable situation while en route, at borders and at reception.

Preparation of the report

In preparation of the report, the Special Rapporteur held a brainstorming roundtable on 12 September 2018 (discussion questions) and convened an expert consultation from 16 to 17 May 2018 (Concept Note).

In addition, he sent a questionnaire to States (EnglishFrenchSpanish) and other interested stakeholders (EnglishFrenchSpanish). All submissions to the questionnaire are available below.

States:

Non-State Actors: