AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Right to water: popular mobilization, with the support of the Church

Friday, 28 September 2018 water   politics   local churches   human rights  


San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - Two marches took place yesterday morning on the streets of the capital of El Salvador, both of them headed towards the Legislative Assembly to ask deputies to approve a general law on water and amend article 2 of the Constitution to recognize the human right to water.
A march began from the University of El Salvador, led by Rector Roger Arias, followed by dozens of students and employees of the institution. The other was convened by a coordination represented by the Catholic Church and historical churches, organizations for the defense of human rights to water and the Central American University José Simeón Cañas (UCA).
The "mega march for the defense of water" brought a proposal, according to what we read in the note sent to Agenzia Fides: the request that deputies resume the discussion on the 92 articles of the general law on water, already examined by the previous government (2015-2018).
A group of participants in the march, belonging to religious and social organizations, submitted a document with 200,000 signatures to the deputies asking them not to privatize water and approve a legislation on the matter.
This group left from the square in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral, where the Archbishop of San Salvador, Mgr. José Luis Escobar Alas, explained the purpose of the mobilization, accompanied by Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez. "For over a decade the people have called for the urgent approval of a general law on water", said Mgr. Escobar Alas.
The declaration of the coordination, read by Mgr. Escobar Alas, underlines: "our country is going through a deep environmental crisis that has an impact on the water crisis, a recognized and scientifically documented crisis that affects all Salvadorans especially people in conditions of poverty". It is not the first time that the Church mobilizes for these reasons: last year a law was passed, supported by the Church, to ban the extraction of metals (see Fides 30/03/2017). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 28/09/2018)