In a press release published on September 25th last, the Education for Peace and Human Rights Collective (CEPAZ) reported that “it has become aware in recent days that in the State Congress a reform is being made to the State Water Law.”
It denounced that the “Water Resources Commission is preparing a further reform, ignoring the citizens of Chiapas, violating Article 4 of the Constitution that recognizes the importance of citizen participation in defining the bases, supports and modalities for equal and sustainable access, use and development of water resources.” “Close consultation and collaboration with all key stakeholders, especially civil society groups” was also one of the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in his mission report to Mexico, presented last September 11th before the UN Human Rights Council.
Due to this, he invited the Water Resources Commission and the state congressional deputies “to open a public debate with the participation of representatives of different sectors: irrigation districts, neighborhoods, social organizations, NGOs, researchers, academics, systems operators, basin committees, basin councils, interested persons, etc. And construct responsibly the Law that we need for the State of Chiapas.”
For more information in Spanish
Boletín de prensa postura sobre la reforma de la ley de aguas del estado (CEPAZ, 25 de septiembre de 2017)
Denuncian que Congreso de Chiapas prepara Ley de Aguas sin consulta (somosmas99, 27 de septiembre de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas: Ciudadanxs de Tuxtla Gutiérrez están preocupados por el tema del agua potable (8 de diciembre de 2016)