Marie Michael Library

Title

Unpacking rights and wrongs: Do human rights make a difference? The case of water rights in India and South Africa

Author

Mehta, Lyla

Description

This paper focuses on why poor and marginalised people still lack access to economic, social and cultural rights. The paper explores the right to water in South Africa and the forced displacement caused by the Narmada dams in India. It examines local-level dynamics of rights grievances and claims and argues there is inconsistency between policy and practice around rights practice and violation. The paper highlights the need for accountability as an aspect of the human rights regime.

File No

IDS-WP260

Agency

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Date

November, 2005

Subject(s)

Human rights, Citizenship, Accountability

Pages

27