SAN SALVADOR – The Jesuit-run Central American University (UCA) of El Salvador denounced Thursday that lawmakers from the Legislative Assembly’s Environmental Commission have “excluded” members of the academic institution from discussions on a new water bill.
The dean of the UCA, Andreu Oliva, told EFE that a team of specialists from the university had requested lawmakers to be included in the debates, though “no answer has been provided yet.”
“We consider that the lawmakers are improperly excluding this university, which knows about the issue at hand and can contribute to the analysis from a comprehensive perspective,” Oliva said.
The dean said that, despite the “exclusion,” the university “will continue providing analyses about the issue so that lawmakers have information that will aid the discussions.”
On Thursday, Oliva took part in a march organized by the Catholic church to oppose to privatization of the water company and to defend the right to water.
The demonstration was attended by members of the church, of civil society organizations, unions and student associations.
The march began in Gerardo Barrios Square, in San Salvador, and ended in front of the Legislative Assembly, where representatives from the Catholic church delivered more than 200,000 signatures to lawmakers, demanding that water be recognized as a human right.
According to a report released in 2016 by the Attorney General’s Office for the Defense of Human Rights (PDDH) of El Salvador, life in the country could become unfeasible in 80 years because of the water crisis that is being exacerbated by climate change.