Deprivation of Water

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2007 ~ Since I was without water for a day, I have been having a lot of trouble typing and saying words right.

I believe it is a violation of a basic human right to deprive someone of water.

I am doing this web page because I want to write emails and post on forums and blogs, but when I can’t type correctly it takes too long to make all the corrections, and without them my writing is hard to read. Indeed, it has also been hard
to write since I was without water.

I feel that the reason we are in Iraq and killing innocent Iraqis, is that we as Americans don’t care about human rights anymore.

We care about genocide if someone drums the situation into our heads, or if there happen to be Armenian voters in our districts… but what about basic human rights on an every day level?

The news constantly condemns China. Is that to take the spotlight off human rights violations in the United States? Is water a human right? or, a profitable commodity? Read more.

In order to see what the feeling about water is, I’m going to Google, “water
deprivation” and see what I learn.

Human Rights Watch

Reporting on Ghana

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, in his report to the UN Human Rights Council, said that people with mental disabilities in Ghana are frequently detained in inhumane conditions in psychiatric hospitals and spiritual healing centers known as “prayer camps.” He documented cases of shackling and denial of food and water to people with mental disabilities, including children as young as 7. Human Rights Watch issued a report in 2012 with similar findings.

American Psychological Association

“Water deprivation affects fear conditioning via an influence on the hippocampus.” Read more.

“Monkeys were deprived of water for 22 out of 24 hours. After the 22-hour water deprivation period, each animal was placed in a restraint chair and tested for a period of 1 to 1% hours. During the test period, one drop of water was given as a reward each time the monkey performed a required task. 

“The IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) concluded that prolonged water deprivation was not justified for the following reasons:

  1. Although the animals appeared to be in satisfactory physical condition, they were subject to unjustifiable mental suffering;

  2. The animals’ thirst had no relevance to the subject of scientific investigation. This was not research on thirst–thirst was being used merely as an inducement to perform a task. (There was a consensus among committee members that justification for using water deprivation would be enhanced if this were thirst research); and

  3. Alternative methods exist to induce animals to perform tasks.” Read more.

U.N. Food Expert Condemns U.S. Tactics in Iraq

Jean Ziegler, the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, made waves when he accused U.S. and British forces of using food and water as weapons of war in besieged cities in Iraq. Ziegler called the withholding of food and water in Iraq “a clear violation of international law”. Read more.

Floor Statement of Sen. Richard Durbin

Sadly, the “third degree,” which was condemned by the Wickersham Commission in 1931 and in subsequent Supreme Court decisions, has reemerged in modern times with a new name: “stress and duress.” “Stress and duress” tactics, which are also known as “torture lite,” include extended food, sleep, sensory, or water deprivation, exposure to extreme heat or cold, and “position abuse,” which involves forcing detainees to assume positions designed to cause pain or humiliation. “Stress and duress” tactics clearly constitute torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. Read more.

The 26th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

— condemn the use of starvation and water deprivation as methods ofwarfare aimed at civilians. . . Read more.

Water Deprivation Affects Eating

A study indicates that without water the body’s physiology causes a person to involuntarily reduce what he or she eats. One way water deprivation does this is by causing dry mouth, making eating more difficult. But evidence indicates too that there are receptors in the gastrointestinal tract that can detect the water level there. . . Read more.

This physiological response to water deprivation doesn’t just affect humans. Many animals, including rats, dogs, cows, and camels, reduce their food intake during water deprivation.

Water deprivation: effects on fluid and electrolyte handling 

Their urinary Na+ and K+ losses were elevated during the first 9 h of water deprivation. . . There were significant increases in plasma angiotensin II and aldosterone levels at the end of the water deprivation periods in both strains of rat, and after the drinking water was returned there was a marked anti-natriuresis consistent with an expression of one of the renal actions of aldosterone.  (natriuresis – making water, making urine) Read more.

International Water Management Institute

Poverty is often linked to deprivation from water. . .

The term ‘water deprivation’ refers to a state, as in “one billion people live in a state of water deprivation”, but also to the processes that contribute to the creation and perpetuation of that state. Water deprivation is primarily human made, not the inevitable result of natural scarcity. . .

Water deprivation is “asset-related” in the sense that society’s technological, institutional and financial resources for water infrastructure development and use hardly reach the poor. Water deprivation is also “direct deprivation” if the more powerful and larger water users consume scarce water resources and impose the needed savings on the poorer
sections of society. To ensure that all people receive the water they need for basic well being, policies need to address both aspects of deprivation. Read more.

Why do we need to drink water?

1. Water is the substance of life. Life cannot exist without Water. We must constantly be adding fresh water to our body in order to keep it properly hydrated.

2. The body is comprised of over 70% water.This ratio must be maintained for good health. Water is the most important thing we can put inside our bodies. Read more.

Facts:
The body’s water content is approximately 45 litres.
Our daily consumption of water is approximately 2.4 litres.

Human Body Water Content 

Blood Plasma92% Water
Human Fetus 90% Water
Blood 90% Water
Brain Cells 85% Water
Kidneys82% Water
Muscles75% Water
Body as a whole71% Water
Liver 69% water
Bones 22% Water
CellsMainly Water

Other Pages on the Water Problem

Water Disconnected

Water Deprivation Effects

How the 2nd Threat led to Solutions

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