Human Rights in South Asia
We have worked with software development teams in India and as a result have seen first-hand the human rights conditions and standards prevalent for the poor and disenfranchised in India. Ballard Chalmers Principal Andrew Chalmers says, "When we were working in India, I saw that we couldn’t just benefit from a commercial advantage - we have to give back at the same time, and I felt that human rights education was at the core of what is needed, as in many cases people simply do not know that they have rights in the first place."
Andrew has supported the human rights youth education charity Youth for Human Rights since 2005. In 2009 he formed the Youth for Human Rights India Trust; and the charity now operates across India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, delivering human rights education to young people focused on the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights; as well as to the Police, Army and other institutions, with the purpose of improving human rights through education.
The YHRI South Asia team in Chennai, India (image credit YHRI South Asia)
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognised that water and sanitation should be a human right. Water as a human right is as much about the quality, making sure that the water is clean and you do not get sick from drinking it, as it is about access.
Today one in ten people are still living without safe water. Living in a developed nation it’s perhaps easy to take access to clean water for granted – in the UK we simply turn on a tap. In many nations around the world this isn’t the reality. Right now, some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people don’t have access to safe water. Everything WaterAid does is about changing this by getting safe water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone everywhere by 2030. This is an objective we support and so regularly contribute to this charity. If you too would like to support the cause, click here.
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