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Water Justice in the Americas Symposium

21 July 2023 • 5:00 – 7:00 pm BST

Organized by The Splash Project with Minority Rights Group International (MRG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mérida and Centro Bahá’i de Mérida.

This live and online event is organized to celebrate the launch of the Minority and Indigenous Trends 2023 report: Focus on water, produced by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

The volume includes case studies from 40 nations from across the globe and explores various water-related themes as they intersect with the rights of minorities and indigenous people, including the themes of access, drought, flood, pollution, usage, sanitation and governance, among others.

The report also includes a set of recommendations for governments and relevant organisations as well as a pledge drafted in collaboration with the World People’s Forum on Water and Drought as part of the United Nations Water Conference 2023. In discussing these critical themes, the site selection of Mérida city is ideal for its vibrant cultural history, particularly its Maaya heritage – containing Mexico’s largest indigenous population.


  • Aldo Benitez, environmental journalist, Paraguay
  • Monica Coc Magnusson, Q’eqchi Maya human rights lawyer, Belize
  • Angelica Ricaurte Villalobos, human rights campaigner, Minority Rights Group International, Colombia
  • Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova, The Splash Project, Mexico/USA
  • Nicolas Salazar Sutil, Editor, Minority Rights Group International, Chile/UK
  • Shodona Kettle, Researcher, University College London, UK/Ecuador
  • Lourdes Medina Carrillo, La defensa legal del agua en Yucatán, Mérida, México
  • Gloria Amparo Rodríguez, magistrate and human rights lawyer, Colombia
  • Carlos Llamá Ventura, Mexico

Details and registration

  • 21 July 2023, 10:00-12:00 Mexico / 17:00-19:00 UK
  • The event will be held through Zoom and in person in Mérida, Mexico
  • Although the spoken language will be Spanish, a live English interpretation will be offered
  • An English interpretation with closed captioning will additionally be streamed live on YouTube

Watch the recording

Image: ‘100 Murales por el Agua’ (100 Murals for Water), a campaign in Petorca, Chile, where house walls are painted with artwork and messages commenting on the community’s severe water crisis #100muralesporelagua. Credit: Nicolas Salazar Sutil.