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    Water not recognized as a human right

    Water not recognized as human right in forum statement

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    A week-long international conference ended Sunday in Istanbul with a statement that recognizes access to safe drinking water as a "basic human need," but not a "human right," as some delegates had proposed.

    The statement, coinciding with the United Nations' World Water Day, was issued at the end of a three-day ministerial meeting at the 5th annual World Water Forum in the Turkish city.

    "We acknowledge the discussions with the UN system regarding human rights and access to safe drinking water and sanitation. We recognize that access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a basic human need," the statement said.

    Dissenting countries challenge declaration

    The lack of binding protocols at the forum, held every three years to safeguard the world's freshwater supplies, prompted about 20 dissenting member countries to issue their own declaration, defining safe drinking water as a human right.

    Countries that tried to beef up the wording of the official statement were blocked by Brazil, Egypt and the United States, Agence France Presse reported.
    The U.S. blocked the "right" amendment because it wants water to eventually become a commodity. The U.S. is currently experiencing forseeable water shortages across the board. Under NAFTA, it could legally begin transferring water from the Great Lakes (shared by Canada) to other area of the U.S., even via corporate means, for resale.

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    I assume that the US objection had less to do with that and more to do with apprehension about creating an international cause of action anytime a person has complaints about water quality/price.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
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    The U.S. blocked the "right" amendment because it wants water to eventually become a commodity. The U.S. is currently experiencing forseeable water shortages across the board. Under NAFTA, it could legally begin transferring water from the Great Lakes (shared by Canada) to other area of the U.S., even via corporate means, for resale.

    Say hello to the future of corporatism.
    Water pretty much is a commodity, unless you want to drink out of a river.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Water not recognized as human right in forum statement



    The U.S. blocked the "right" amendment because it wants water to eventually become a commodity. The U.S. is currently experiencing forseeable water shortages across the board. Under NAFTA, it could legally begin transferring water from the Great Lakes (shared by Canada) to other area of the U.S., even via corporate means, for resale.

    Say hello to the future of corporatism.
    A "Right" brings all manner of implications. Scores.
    A "Right" is universal. Omnipresent.
    Some idiot builds a place in the desert. Then claims water because it is a human right. Wait until you see the places I'm going to build.
    It is no more a right than health care is.
    It is a commodity.

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Water pretty much is a commodity, unless you want to drink out of a river.
    Water is also necessary for a person to survive. Those who control something like water can control a person's very life.

    If water is indeed a commodity, then I hate to see the following bill, which could be common a couple hundred years from now:

    Dear Sir:

    Your account is 3 days delinquent. We would love to keep providing service to you, but your bill must be paid. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to disconnect your service. We accept MasterCard and Visa, so call one of the registered pay stations, and pay the amount you are behind. After paying your balance, call us with the receipt number, so that we won't have to issue a disconnect order.

    Have a nice day,

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Water is also necessary for a person to survive. Those who control something like water can control a person's very life.

    If water is indeed a commodity, then I hate to see the following bill, which could be common a couple hundred years from now:

    Dear Sir:

    Your account is 3 days delinquent. We would love to keep providing service to you, but your bill must be paid. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to disconnect your service. We accept MasterCard and Visa, so call one of the registered pay stations, and pay the amount you are behind. After paying your balance, call us with the receipt number, so that we won't have to issue a disconnect order.

    Have a nice day,

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    I'm not trying to **** with your head or anything, but that's happening now.

    Even better, you can be fined for watering on the wrong day in some regions.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaHurt View Post
    I'm not trying to **** with your head or anything, but that's happening now.

    Even better, you can be fined for watering on the wrong day in some regions.
    Then I guess I had better hold it in instead of watering the trees next time I go drinking. Owch. That's gonna hurt.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Then I guess I had better hold it in instead of watering the trees next time I go drinking. Owch. That's gonna hurt.
    Nah, just piss in a bottle, label it "Beer Eh", and send it back to Canada.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaHurt View Post
    Nah, just piss in a bottle, label it "Beer Eh", and send it back to Canada.
    *ears perk up*

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    *ears perk up*

    Did someone say beer?
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