Water has no enemy – water as a human right

In this extract from the Trócaire 2014 Lenten Lecture, Fr Orobator asserts that access to fresh water is a universal and inalienable human right.

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Water Has No Enemy

Speaker – Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ
Location: Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland
Date: 26 March 2014

Extract –

It may be true that water has not enemy, but this vital substance is anything but ethically neutral. Water creates many enemies! … water and the quest for it render it a highly ethically charged substance with monumental consequences…

… Thus I believe that what Catholic social thought designates as the principle of the common good offers us an ethical framework for a substantive consideration of the panoply of issues around water security, especially through the perspective of rights. The commodification of water as a privatized tradable resource, the inaccessibility of water to the most vulnerable populations and the indiscriminate pollution of water bodies all constitute a grave assault on this most vital and essential common good and the right of human and natural ecologies that depend on it for survival…



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Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.  We were set up in 1973 by the Bishops of Ireland to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for the suffering of the world’s poorest people.