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5 Oct 2016

Habi Center for Environmental Rights

Egypt: Habi Center challenges the use of coal by cement companies Lafarge and Suez Cement before the administrative court

Habi lodges an appeal in Council State  against cement companies and the Ministry of Environment

[As part of] its program for corporate accountability and the campaign against violations of cement companies, especially those using coal, the Habi Center had addressed Lafarge company Egypt and Suez Cement group [on several occasions] to urge them to comply with environmental law and to announce their environmental impact assessment studies [and their public consultation hearings] with regards to the use of coal, but the companies did not respond to Habi. [The Center also addressed] the Ministry of environment and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) to encourage them to commit cement companies to implement local legislation and international conventions, but the EEAA response was weak…

[A]fter consultations with many human rights organizations and activists, [the Habi Center lodged appeal #403 L71 before the Administrative Court [against] both the Prime Minister in his capacity as Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and Chairman of the EEAA, the chairmen of Egypt Lafarge and of the Suez cement Group. The appeal [calls for the government] to apply environmental legislation and the constitution on [the] cement companies.