Non-access to water as human right violation? International protection and the application of the non-refoulement principle under the human rights legal instruments
by Victoria Banti-Markouti
International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies (IJHRCS), Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014

Abstract: The importance of water for the human life has been legally and officially recognised through its recent recognition as a human right. Non-access to water has led people to flee from their home countries seeking international protection. The main question to be answered is whether water deprivation or prohibition to access to water by state or non-state actors could amount to human right violation or even to torture and inhuman treatment. If this is the case could water deprivation as such be actually considered as a valid ground for refugee or subsidiary protection? For this purpose, the methods of protection under international and European refugee law instruments will be assessed.

Online publication date: Wed, 16-Apr-2014

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