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Press Release: Memorandum of Environmental justice in 100 days

July 23, 2012 by   ·   No comments

Through Habi’s right to water monitoring unit, it has been revealed that citizens have experienced severe violations in regards to access safe drinking water during 2010 and 2011. The forms of these violations varied from water with poor quality, frequent water cut off or unsafe drinking water. In addition what is more serious is that the budget allocated for water in 2011 has decreased by 20% in 2011. Hence, being a fundamental human right Habi Center for Environmental Rights, in cooperation and discussion with a number of NGOs, environmental experts and activists, has prepared a memorandum entitled “Environmental Justice in 100 days” on the occasion of the President’s announcement of his “100 days plan”. The memorandum claims the president to:

–         Immediately ask the financial official bodies to manage and handle the financial resources necessary for operating water stations.

–         Ask  drinking water official bodies to prepare a report about drinking water condition in Egypt, and this report must includes a clear plan of delivering drinking water to vulnerable villages and areas during the “100 days plan”.

–         Put clear plans to face violations that citizens are experienced in accessing right to water.

The memorandum also assures that environmental rights are essential part of human rights and are related to citizens’ daily lives including food, drink, health, education and housing.

In addition, it emphasizes that environmental justice requires good resources management and what is accompanied of citizens’ access to resources and participation in their management with providing the required information.

The memorandum focuses on a number of environmental issues that require immediate cooperation since they threaten citizens’ lives, health, food and drink.

It claims the president to take immediate procedures to avoid risks that surround some resources such as agricultural land, Nile River and natural preserved or to put clear plans to face violations that citizens are experienced in accessing right to clean and healthy environment.

Besides, the memorandum stresses the necessity of actual interest in renewable energy especially sun and wind, and the avoidance of nuclear energy since it has huge financial risks and burdens and which do not fit its yields.

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