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Foro del Agua Salvador (Water Forum El Salvador) is "a permanent platform of
organizations and institutions that coordinate together to foster a responsible,
efficient, fair, and participative management of water resources".
Originally formed on 17 October 2006 by some 50 entities as Foro Nacional por la Defensa de la Sustentabilidad y el Derecho al Agua (National Forum for the Defense of Sustainability and Right to Water), the Forum now counts more than 100 members.
The members of the forum are diverse environmentalist and human rights associations, farmers' groups, foundations, municipalities (Cuscatancingo, Cuscataln, San Salvador), NGOs, churches and religious communities, university faculties...
Foro del Agua website
Together with the influential El Salvador Bishops' Conference, the Water Forum is involved in protests against the Law on Water, pushed by the rightist parties, which would privatize and merchandise the limited water resources of the country and prevent access of the poorest people to the resource. The Forum recalled that access to freshwater was recognized as a human right by the General Assembly of UN in 2010. The bishops quoted Pope Francis' "Laudato si'" encyclical (24 May 2015), which states that "access to healthy freshwater is a fundamental and universal human right, determining people's survival, and therefore a condition for exercising the other human rights."
A demonstration organized on 18 June 2018 by professors and students of the University of El Salvador was violently repressed by the police. Norman Quijano, President of the Legislative Assembly and member of the ARENA party, called the protesters "terrorists" and "rascals".
Portail catholique suisse, 15 June 2018
The Guardian, 25 March 2015
The flag of the Water Forum, widely used during street protests, is white with the forum's emblem. The emblem features a blue water drop charged with a white tree, the forum's name in blue letters and a blue rectangle inscribed with "POR LA SUSTENTABILIDAD Y EL DERECHO AL AGUA" (For Sustainability and Right to Water).
The Water Forum celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special flag, white with the anniversary emblem. The emblem features numeral "10", "0" being formed by the drop and tree from the regular emblem, the forum's name and "Aņos de lucha" (Years of Struggle). The blue rectangle is inscribed with a longer motto, "Por la gestion publica y comunitaria, la sustentabilidad y el derecho humano al agua" (For Public and Community Management, Sustainability and Human Right to Water).
Ivan Sache, 18 August 2018