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dc.contributor.authorMehta, Lyla
dc.coverage.spatialIndiaen_GB
dc.coverage.spatialSouth Africaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-20T16:37:23Z
dc.date.available2014-06-20T16:37:23Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.citationMehta, L. (2005) Unpacking rights and wrongs : do human rights make a difference? : the case of water rights in India and South Africa. Working paper series, 260. Brighton: IDS.en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/123456789/4057
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on why poor and marginalised people still lack access to economic, social and cultural rights (also known as positive rights), despite a fairly mainstream support to positive rights in mainstream development debates. In part this is due to the problematic division between so-called first and second generation of rights. This is particularly true in the water debate where dominant narratives more often see water as an economic good rather than as a human right. Rights also fail to be realised due to sins of omission where poor states may lack the institutional capacity or financial resources to provide rights. Similarly, citizens may not be aware of rights and may not have the capacity to mobilise around them. Lack of rights may also be due to sins of commission. Thus states or non-state actors such as the World Bank may knowingly put vulnerable people’s rights at risk or even violate them with impunity. Economic globalisation also leads to policies that violate basic rights where diffuse and unclear rules of accountability exist for global and local players. The paper focuses on the right to water in South Africa to examine sins of omission and looks at forced displacement caused by the Narmada dams in India to examine sins of commission. In both cases, it examines local-level dynamics of rights grievances and claims and argues that there is a blurriness between policy and practice around rights practice and violation and that there are often overlaps between sins of omission and commission. Finally, the paper highlights the need for accountability structures and mechanisms through which compliance and answerability can become an indispensable aspect of the human rights regime. Keywords: human rights; economic, social and cultural rights; citizenship; accountability; right to water; forced displacement; Narmada Project; India and South Africa.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherIDSen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIDS working papers;260
dc.rights.urihttp://www.ids.ac.uk/files/dmfile/IDSOpenDocsStandardTermsOfUse.pdfen_GB
dc.subjectDevelopment Policyen_GB
dc.subjectParticipationen_GB
dc.subjectPovertyen_GB
dc.subjectRightsen_GB
dc.subjectWateren_GB
dc.titleUnpacking rights and wrongs : do human rights make a difference? : the case of water rights in India and South Africaen_GB
dc.typeIDS Working Paperen_GB
dc.rights.holderInstitute of Development Studiesen_GB
dc.identifier.koha162008


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