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  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch
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  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch
  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch
  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch
  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch
  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch
  • © 2016 Atish Saha for Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh: 20 Million Drink Arsenic-Laced Water

20 Years After Discovery, Failing Government Response

Tuesday 05 April 2016

The Bangladesh government is failing to adequately respond to naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water across large areas of rural Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Approximately 20 years after initially coming to international attention, an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh – mostly rural poor – still drink water contaminated over the national standard.

“Bangladesh isn’t taking basic, obvious steps to get arsenic out of the drinking water of millions of its rural poor,” said Richard Pearshouse, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “The government acts as though the problem has been mostly solved, but unless the government and Bangladesh’s international donors do more, millions of Bangladeshis will die from preventable arsenic-related diseases.”

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