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Brazil’s general prosecutor calls for access to water to be expressed as a fundamental human right

Raquel Dodge, Brazil’s general prosecutor, who was appointed by President Temer, calls for access to water to be expressed as a fundamental human right in the Brazilian legal system. “According to her, this approach is the most appropriate to better protect access to water for vulnerable communities, being an obstacle to the privatization of fresh water, as already happens in countries like the Dominican Republic, for example.” She was speaking at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, and also attended the Alternative World Water Forum (Fame), where she made the same point. Some scholars and NGOs have criticized the World Water Forum for prioritizing the interests of the private sector.

Source: Agência Brasil

A violent protest against the privatization of the water supply company paralyses Rio de Janeiro

A violent protest against the privatization of the water supply company paralyses Rio de Janeiro. “Protesters who reject the possible privatization of the Regional Water and Sewer Company (CEDAE) clashed with the police in the streets near the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro, where the project was to be debated. (…) Faced with pressure from protesters, lawmakers have so far rejected about a third of the measures proposed by the Rio de Janeiro governorate to reduce spending and address a historic deficit.” PSI affiliate, the Federação Nacional dos Urbanitários da CUT (FNU-CUT), is leading a national coalition, the Frente Nacional pelo Saneamento Ambiental - FNSA (National Front for Environmental Sanitation), to fight President Temer’s water and sanitation privatization agenda.

Source: Diario La Prensa

Privatization of state sanitation assets faces delay

The privatization of state sanitation assets has been delayed as the Temer government has not finalized its plans for “public private partnerships.” PPPs or privatizations are not expected to occur until 2019. “One of the state-owned sanitation companies, Paraná-based Sanepar, was seeking public-private partnerships to improve its operation when it joined the federal program. "They signaled for PPPs at the beginning of the PPI, but as a result this line was changed to privatization, contrary to the company's interest. That was when the issue dropped off the agenda," says João Martinho Cleto Reis Junior, director of investments at Sanepar.”

Source: www.valor.com.br

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