Water and Sanitation: UN special rapporteur’s visit to Brazil cancelled by the Government

July 5, 2013

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque informs that her visit to Brazil, originally planned to take place from 09 to 19 July was cancelled yesterday by the Brazilian Government.

The Brazilian authorities requested the visit to be postponed because of unforeseen circumstances. The visit dates were agreed with the government since last April.

“The visit would have been an excellent opportunity not only to assess the situation of water and sanitation in the country but also to learn about important achievements made by Brazil in this sector.”

The Special Rapporteur regrets this decision of the Brazilian Government, and indicates she remains ready to collaborate with the authorities in future occasions.

ENDS

Catarina de Albuquerque is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation. She was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2008. Ms. de Albuquerque is a Professor at the Law Faculties of the Universities of Braga, Coimbra and of the American University’s Washington College of Law. She is a senior legal advisor at the Prosecutor General’s Office. Learn more here.

UN Human Rights, country page – Brazil.

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Madoka Saji: +41 917 9445 / msaji@ohchr.org
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Source: OHCHR by e-mail

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