Published: 19 February 2016

Bum deal: is access to a toilet a human right or a privilege?

Adequate sanitation is a human right, recognised by the UN. But for the 2.4 billion people with nowhere to go safely, how does that right become a reality?


Writing in The Guardian, Dr Rosalind Malcolm, director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group with the School of Law, looks at how Kenya and Uganda are approaching this issue. Both countries recognise the right in different ways, yet large numbers of citizens do not enjoy it in practice.

 This is a particular problem for informal settlements in poor cities. In Kisumu, Kenya, 86% of the community share inadequate latrines – or none at all, according to University of Surrey research.

Read Dr Malcolm’s full article.

Share what you've read?