Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations

Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

WATER

1 in 10 people lack access to safe water.
1 in 3 people, globally, lack access to a toilet.
Globally, a third of all schools lack access to safe water and sanitation.
In low- and middle-income countries, a third of all healthcare facilities lack access to a safe water source.

Water crisis is the #1 global risk

Water is a human right. While Flint may have brought water safety to the forefront of many Americans, our national water crisis stretches much further than many of us know. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that only nine U.S. states have safe levels of lead in their water supply. NINE!! The EPA reveals that these 41 states have reported unsafe levels for at least 3 fiscal years, since 2012.

Casey Dinges, senior managing director of the American Society of Civil Engineers, told CNBC, “We’re putting at risk, by the year 2020, over $400 billion in the U.S… 700,000 jobs would be endangered, and over half a trillion dollars in personal income would be at risk.”

Fracking puts our groundwater at risk of contamination. Further, the EPA reported in 2011 that up to 140 billion gallons of water are used each year in the U.S. for fracking. This is devastating in states during times of drought and water shortage. It’s time for us to hold our elected officials accountable to the impact fracking has on our future.

HOUSING

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights made known in 1991 the right to housing is regarding as a freestanding right. The right to adequate housing was a key issue again in 1996 and 2001, where it was reaffirmed that adequate housing is a human right.

The right to housing in the U.S. includes seven principles:
1. Security of Tenure – includes a guarantee against harassment, threats and predatory displacement
2. Availability of Services, Materials, Facilities and Infrastructure – includes access to safe drinking water, heating, lighting, sanitation, etc.
3. Affordability – stresses attainment and satisfaction of other basic needs should never be threatened or compromised
4. Habitability/Decent and Safe Home – protection from outside elements, structural health, threats to health, disease
5. Accessibility – full access must be afforded to all, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups
6. Location – housing should not be on a polluted site or near a polluted area that threatens the health or physical safety of residents
7. Cultural Adequacy – housing policies must preserve cultural landmarks, diversity and identity

Studies have found it costs taxpayers between $30,000-$50,000 annually to leave a person chronically homeless.

https://www.nesri.org/programs/what-is-the-human-right-to-housing

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