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UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation to visit Manipur

The Special Rapporteur has accepted the invitation from Manipur! He is expected in Imphal from 7-8 November 2017.

Profile of Mr. Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

Mr. Leo Heller, Special RapporteurMr. Léo Heller is the second Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation. He was appointed by the Human Rights Council in November 2014, having started his mandate on 1 December that year. Heller is currently a researcher in the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil. Previously, Heller was Professor of the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil from 1990 to 2014.  During his career in the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Heller held several positions including the Head of the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Associate Provost of Graduate Studies, Dean of the School of Engineering and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Basic Sanitation, the Environment and Water Resources.

Heller has extensive experience in formulating policies, teaching and researching in the field of public policy and management and of environmental health related to water and sanitation. He has been coordinating large interdisciplinary research groups and he is author of several books, book chapters and journal articles on technological, health and policy dimensions of water and sanitation. He has long tradition of working together with and taking part in social movements related to human rights to water and sanitation, especially in Latin America.

He holds a BA in civil engineering, MSc in water, sanitation and the environment and PhD in Epidemiology, with a thesis on the association between water and sanitation and health outcomes. He also carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford (2005-2006), focusing on the theoretical aspects of public policy and management in the water and sanitation sector.

Heller speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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CSCHR invite UN independent expert on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

From: “CORE of Manipur” <coreofmanipur@gmail.com>
Date: Sep 25, 2017 22:21
Subject: Invitation to the UNSR_watsan to Manipur during forthcoming mission to India

Ms Ahreum Lee
Associate
Human Development Section
Special Procedure Branch
P: +41 22 917 93 91
F: +41 22 917 90 06
Dear Ms Ahreum Lee

Attention:
Mr Léo Heller
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
 
Please find attached an important communication for the attention of respected UN  Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation regarding his proposed itinerary for the imminent mission to India.
I am informed that one of our coalition delegates, Mr Babloo Loitongbam (Executive Director, Human Rights Alert, Manipur) who was in Geneva for the adoption of the report on India’s UPR III had met with you last week.
 
Please also note that the communication has multiple attachments. Kindly acknowledge safe receipt of this communication.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation,
Yours sincerely
Dr D Roy Laifungbam
Convenor
Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and the UN (CSCHR)

CSCHR deplores India’s response to peer recommendations in UPR III

A delegation of CSCHR attended the 36th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. During the session for the adoption of the outcome document on India’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to improve its human rights situation, on 21st September 2017, the Government of India (GoI) formally accepted 152 recommendations out of the 250 recommendations given by 112 member states of the United Nations. The remaining 98 recommendations were simply noted. However, most of the human rights issues critical to the situation in Manipur including the repeal/review of AFSPA, ratification of Convention on Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances (CED), moratorium on death penalty, ratification of the Rome Statute on International Criminal Court, etc., are only noted without indicating a follow up plan and not accepted. Many international organizations including Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurist, FORUM-ASIA, WGHR, etc., strongly denounced the GoI’s continued refusal to accept the recommendation for the repeal/review of AFSPA.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE PRESS STATEMENT

CSCHR Press Statement_27 September 2017

Press Clippings

http://morungexpress.com/india-not-accept-critical-human-rights-issues-un-cschr/

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=oct0217/at065

http://www.ifp.co.in/item/3935-international-bodies-denounced-india-s-refusal-to-repeal-afspa