Malaysia: UN human rights expert on drinking water and sanitation to visit

“I look forward to learning about how the Malaysian water and sanitation sector, after having started a reform in the mid-2000’s, is organised to provide equal access to water and sanitation for the entire population in Malaysia,” said Leo Heller.
“I would like to further learn about the crucial role of the recently established Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources and how the federal and local governments cooperate in ensuring access to those services in Peninsular Malaysia and the federal territories as well as in East Malaysia, namely, the States of Sabah and Sarawak.” The Special Rapporteur will assess whether the entire population in Malaysia has sufficient, hygienic and safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water and sanitation services, without discrimination.
The UN independent expert will travel to Gua Musang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Miri, Putrajaya and Sandakan.
In a recent report, the Special Rapporteur focused on the human rights to water and sanitation of forcibly displaced persons, in particular, the internally displaced, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented populations and migrants in vulnerable situations.
A news conference to share the expert’s preliminary findings will be held **in Kuala Lumpur **on 27 November, at 11am at the JW Marriott Hotel.
Access is strictly limited to journalists.
Mr. Léo Heller_ (Brazil) is the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, appointed in November 2014.
_ _Learn more: _ Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.
They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
UN Human Rights, Country Page – Malaysia For more information and media requests, please contact: _During the mission: Ms. Ahreum Lee +41 79 201 0119 / __ahreumlee@ohchr.org_ _For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts please contact: Mr. Jeremy Laurence, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+41 22 917 9383 / _ This year, 2018, is the _70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948.

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