This is an update on the first international environmetal lawsuit in The
Hague. The lawsuit will rule on the destruction of the Szigetkoz wetland
region and the of Danube ecosystem.
* In April, for the first time in the history of the International Court
Justice ICJ), all the judges will visit the Szigetkoz (the so called
region" where there is not a single island left as the water has
and where children get sick, if they swim in the open sewer, which
An international environmental demonstration is being organized
meet the members of the Court in the Szigetkoz on that day. Please help to
make this the biggest environmental demonstration ever. Please be there.
* Our web-page at: http://www.goodpoint.com/duna.htm
has been expanded with maps, form letters, and a description of the Slovak
and Hungarian positions in The Hague. Please visit us.
* A letter campaign is under way. Its aim is to have Vice President Gore
) reveive the representatives of the
to Protect the Hungarian Environment and after being briefed by us, have
lead the effort to save the Blue Danube. If you agree with this goal,
send the attached letter to the Vice President.
* I will be traveling for the next 2 weeks, but if you need more
about the Danube lawsuit, you can contact Peter Orban at:
Best regards: Bela Liptak
Letter to Vice President Al Gore
The Honorable Al Gore
Vice President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20001
Dear Mr. Vice President,
On the 21st of August, 1993, you wrote to professor Bela Liptak about your
concern for the Danube ecosystem. Today, mankind is approaching an
precedent: On the 3rd of March, 1997 the International Court of Justice
start the first international environmental lawsuit in The Hague.
The ICJ will decide a case involving the Danube and the destruction
its ancient wetland region: the Szigetkoz. This name, losely translated,
means: The region of a thousand islands, yet today there is not a single
island left there, because the water is gone. Still, the implications of
case go beyond the future of just one river or just the 400 endangered
species of one ancient ecosystem.
This lawsuit will set a precedent for the whole planet and will
on a much more basic question: Do national governments have the right to
as they please with our ecosystems, or does mankind as a whole have a
to protect the rich natural treasures, which belong to all of us?
Mr. Vice President, in 1995, nine international environmental NGOs
submitted a memorial to ICJ, which its president, the Honorable Mohammed
Bedjaoui has accepted. A Compromise Plan was also submitted to the Court,
which would guarantee the restoration of the ancient Szigetkoz wetlands,
together with fulfilling the water- supply, shipping and energy needs of
region. For details of this plan and for other aspects of the lawsuit,
visit the web-site at: http://www.goodpoint.com/duna.htm
Dear Mr. Gore. It is very important that the first international
environmental lawsuit be given the attention it deserves by the media. The
Foundation to Protect the Hungarian Environment can inform you of the
of the case. We ask you to give them the opportunity to meet with you.
Afterwards, a statement by you, would guarantee the attention of the media
and the focusing of world public opinion on this critical case. We, the
undersigned environmentalists support that request and ask you to make
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