Between 26 February and 5 March, 2017, Al-Haq participated in the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) annual meeting and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) in Eugene, Oregon.
ELAW’s annual meeting brings together public interest environmental lawyers from around the world, including Africa, South America, North America, and Europe to discuss environmental justice issues affecting various communities. Al-Haq engaged in various working groups focused on human rights and the environment, indigenous peoples’ rights, climate law accountability and litigation, and access to information. During the working groups, Al-Haq highlighted issues concerning the environment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the exploitation of natural resources and the challenges in ensuring environmental protection as a result of the Israeli occupation.
Between the second and the fifth of March 2017, Al-Haq participated in the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC). On 4 March 2017, Ms Anan AbuShanab, Legal researcher and advocacy officer, presented in a panel on the “Challenges in Protecting and Accessing Freshwater Resources Around the World,” and discussed the exploitation of Palestinian water resources in the OPT, as part of the cooperation between Al Haq and hbs “Legal Brief on the Protection of Natural Resources under the Framework of Environmental Justice- Phase II”. Al-Haq focused on the water situation in the Gaza Strip and the Jordan Valley and highlighted the role of the Israeli occupation, including the Israeli national water company (Mekorot), in limiting Palestinian access to water resources and the environmental deterioration of such water resources.
By participating in a variety of international forums, Al-Haq hopes to spread awareness on the broad impacts on Palestinians of the nearly 50-year Israeli occupation.