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Salma is a legal researcher with Al-Haq, a human rights organization based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the organization has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Salma talks in detail about the investigation into Riwal, a Dutch company working in the construction of the wall. Due to the particularly broad range of crimes covered in Holland's International Crimes Act, including Apartheid, Al-Haq has the legal avenue to begin proceedings to prosecute Riwal in Holland. Salma goes on to explain the difficulties Al Haq faces in prosecuting international companies who fall outside the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
This article published on April 3 2012, about the International Criminal Court taking three years to decide that it cannot consider the allegations of crimes committed in the war on Gaza in 2008-9 (because Palestine is not a recognized state by all parties) somewhat illustrates the shortcomings of the court to judge on all crimes against humanity.
This interview was conducted as part of the investigation into the significance of the current situation on the Holy Land for the documentary Finger Pointing to the Earth, which is still a work in progress and in need of funding. It has been placed here in full. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.
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