Water, as a fundamental part of life, is becoming a candidate for one of the most important political and economical topics of the 21st century. With a growing world population, a contamination of (already limited) drinking water sources which wears quickly and with the interference through HPP and dam construction etc., the importance of water is increasing. Not surprising that more meetings, events and actions dealing with ‘water’ around the world took place in the last years.

Because of limited available clean water resources, water is not only becoming vitally important, but also gives an opportunity for those seeking for profit.  The privatization of water can be seen as the product of this, for example. But reducing the problem of privatization to a „simply making money“- level is not measuring up the essential dimension of this development. Moreover a sad trend towards new privatization laws (legislated by governments all over the world) is visible, which results in large monopolies of private water companies, while at the same time the access to drinking water for millions of people is getting more and more difficult every day. A clear division into two blocks is therefore recognizable more often: one which is supporting the idea that water is a fundamental right for everyone and the one that believe it should be treated as a commodity.

While millions of people have difficulties in getting clean and usable water (whereby they are becoming unable to sustain their lives), particularly the trans-boundary waters become more and more a ‘strategic’ pressure and blackmail tool by states. Water can therefore not only be seen as an essential matter for all living creatures; but also as a political argument; if not even a „weapon“.

For the ‘Right to Water’ campaign, water means an indispensable „right to life“, beyond all expediencies, tactics and strategies. We see the right to access water for every human being as something which should be inviolable. Thence we are not only opposing the usage of water as a political tool to exert pressure on people, but rather also disapprove of selling water as a commercial commodity. Though the privatization and selling of water is gaining a wide acceptance, for us this is as much absurd as if „air“ would be sold.

In a world where the population increases rapidly and sources of drinking water are limited (due to depletion and pollution), it is not surprising that there is request in profiting from the increasing demand for water. After all we live in a system, where everything which is declining has a „market“ value. As we can, for example, see in decreasing a certain kind of animal species consciously, for gaining a higher „market“ value in the end. In consideration of the named depletion and the increasing difficulties in access drinking water, one if the basic policies of the ‘Right to Water’ campaign is to refuse the sale of water and treating it as a commodity.

The ‘Right to Water’ campaign endeavors to become a platform for those who oppose the privatization of water and (accordingly to that) turning it into a commodity, the destruction of nature by building new dams and HPP and expedite the deterioration of the ecological balance. For reaching these goals we are paying attention to a global perspective and we are open to the contribution of everyone who is advocating and/or agreeing our perspectives.

What do we do?

Based on acknowledging water as a ‘right to life’ and making a stand against the commercialization of it, we organize conferences, conduct researches, release publications and run a grassroot campaign in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul.

Who Conducts the Right to Water Campaign?

Civil and Ecological Rights Association, Hasankeyf Conservation Initiative, the Global Action Group and the Social Democracy Foundation constitute the ‘Right to Water ‘campaign. The activities are being carried out with the support of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

How Can I Join?

To participate in the ‘Right to Water’ Campaign or to be informed of upcoming events,  you can contact the following address: [email protected], or you can enroll yourself in our communication list: [email protected].

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