1 March 2012
On 21 February, Shubhaa
attended an MP briefing organised by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and the Russell Peoples’ Tribunal to raise the findings of the Russell Tribunal over three separate sessions (Barcelona, London and South Africa) which looked at the roles played by EU member states and private companies in engaging in action which may facilitate Israel’s continued violation of international law.
The briefing session chaired by Andrew Slaughter MP (Shadow Justice Minister) was also attended by a Tribunal Panel member, Michael Mansfield QC. Shubhaa discussed the findings of the London sessions of the Russell Tribunal in 2010 which focused on corporate behaviour in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
Corporate acts of particular concern are those which may indirectly support the construction of the Israeli West Bank barrier (the Wall), despite the ruling of the International Court of Justice declaring it illegal, the Gaza incursion in 2008 and 2009 and the illegal settlements within the OPT (declared illegal by the ICJ ruling).
The briefing session concluded with a general discussion on what the British Government could do to better regulate British private companies particularly in the arms industry as well as using its influence within the EU to monitor and/or review the financial support granted by the EU to the Israeli state.
On 29 February, Shubhaa also attended the launch of a report on the extractive industry by the Gaia Foundation in the House of Commons. The report for the first time maps out the true extent of the current wave of land grabbing by the extractive industries and the devastating impact this is having on water availability and land for sustenance. The five top mining companies in the world are all listed in the London Stock Exchange, which gives them a significant financial advantage.
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