The Aarhus Convention and Ukraine’s Pitiful Pretence at Compliance

With a scandal over Ukraine’s failure to comply with the Aarhus Convention imminent, Ukraine’s authorities are continuing to act as though imitation of public participation and adherence to international commitments is no different from the real thing. Who are they trying to delude? | detail

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Time to fight the causes of environmental disasters, not just wipe up the mess

Environmentalists believe that the recent disastrous floods in Western Ukraine were the result of climate change and manmade factors | detail

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Legal assistance to victims of natural disasters not in the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s scope?

On a strange “response” to a request sent to Nina Karpachova asking her to appeal to the Government to help defend the constitutional rights of victims of the recent devastating floods | detail

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“Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya” recognized as one of Ukraine’s Seven Natural Wonders

If you answered our call and added your vote, thank you! The park remains under threat of destruction with a part of it having been taken away through a suspect local authority decision and could be flooded if Energoatom has its way | detail

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“Ukrainian Switzerland” threatened with flooding

More detail about the plans to destroy part of the regional landscape park “Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya” | detail

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Vote to save one of Ukraine’s Natural Wonders!

The State-owned regional landscape park “Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya” is indeed a natural wonder, with unique wildlife and flora. It also contains monuments of historical and cultural heritage. It is under threat and your “vote” can help | detail

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Repeat Performance

The Aarhus Convention reads like a response to Chernobyl. It is after all about the right to know and to have a say in what immediately concerns us. That its provisions must be observed is at once staggeringly obvious and a point the Ukrainian authorities seem gallingly reluctant to understand. | detail

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Ukraine cautioned over non-compliance with the Aarhus Convention

The Third Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention took place in Riga earlier this month. It found that Ukraine had not demonstrated its compliance with an international agreement which is of vital importance to all of us | detail

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Open appeal from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union on Ukraine’s failure to comply with the Aarhus Convention

The authors consider that the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention has all grounds to conclude that Ukraine is failing to implement its commitments with regard to this vital agreement on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters | detail

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NGOs concerned over Ukraine’s disregard for European environmental conventions

Two Kyiv environmental groups have lodged a complaint with the EU against the Ministry for Environmental Protection and the State Committee on the Forestry Industry for not implementing at least two European conventions on the protection of biodiversity | detail

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Ministry of Energy declared a danger zone

On 26 April, the 22nd anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster, activists from the National Ecological Centre cordoned off a “danger zone” around the Ministry of Fuel and Energy to warn Ukrainians about the danger of a repeat of the catastrophe due to the government’s energy policy | detail

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European Union concerned that Ukraine observe environmental standards

The controversy over the Danube – Black Sea canal does not only concern Ukraine and Romania, but all those concerned about not harming the environment | detail

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No to nuclear waste container at Chernobyl

The Ministry for Environmental Protection has turned down plans for building a centralized radioactive waste storage site in the Chernobyl zone | detail

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For Internal Use Only: Is Post-Chornobyl Ukraine Ready for Access to Environmental Information?

According to Article 19, Ukraine, the site of the worst environmental disaster in recent history, is still failing to protect the right of its citizens to access environmental information | detail

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Protest over planned nuclear waste container at Chernobyl

Environmental groups believe that it would be safer to build such containers near each nuclear power station, rather than having one centralized point with this minimizing the risk from transportation of radioactive material around the country | detail

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Where is the Aarhus Convention?

Prominent environmental and human rights activists have put their signatures to a letter addressed to Ukraine’s leaders. In it they give a scathing assessment of Ukraine’s adherence to the Aarhus Convention and make a number of urgent recommendations for action. | detail

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It’s our environment: on asserting the right to know

A nationwide monitoring project “Right of access to environmental information” has found little to say that’s possible about the situation in Ukraine | detail

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Supreme Court of Ukraine stands in guard over the Danube Delta!

On 13 November 2007 the Supreme Court Administrative Proceedings Chamber quashed all rulings of economic courts which had permitted the withdrawal of the Bystre Mouth from the territory of the Danube Biosphere Reserve. | detail

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Silent “Chernobyl” in Dnipropetrovsk

Ukraine’s Accounting Chamber has found that only 20 percent of the programme for radiation and social protection of the people of Zhovty Vody is being implemented | detail

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No carving up Ukraine’s heritage!

Crucial appeal court ruling imminent over the landscape park “Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya” in which Energoatom is fighting public opposition to its plans to flood part of an area of vital environmental, historic and cultural significance | detail

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