Environmentalists call on UEFA to stop violations in Kharkiv “for the sake of EURO-2012”
What is needed for EURO 2012? At present four people have been unwarrantedly detained, four beaten badly and hospitalized, two injured by the excavator. As of Friday morning, EIGHT peaceful demonstrators have been detained and taken to a police station.
Solidarity Protest in Kyiv over police behaviour during the protest over tree-felling in Kharkiv
The protest is aimed at forcing the leadership of the Ministry to react to unlawful actions by the Kharkiv police who clearly exceeded their powers and violated human rights
Statement over treatment of Kharkiv journalists during the protest on 27 May
Members of the media were not only prevented from carrying out their professional duties, but for the first time in recent years physical force was applied against journalists and cameramen.
Demonstrators defending Kharkiv park’s trees assaulted
The attack lasted around 30 minutes, after which police officers, called by the demonstrators, appeared. The assailants did not succeed in breaking through the cordon
Stop Running Down the Ministry for Environmental Protection!
Environmental groups have issued an appeal expressing concern that the constant change of leadership and staffing policy of the Ministry, not based on professional considerations, place in doubt the ability of the Ministry for Environmental Protection to carry out effective and legislatively productive functions
Defence of Kharkiv’s Gorky Park: continues
Aleksei Vedmidsky on behalf of the environmental NGO Pechenihy has managed to convey a statement from the Park where he and around a hundred other people are trying to stop the barbaric and probably unlawful destruction of a huge number of trees
Kharkiv citizens stand up to police and bulldozers
In Kharkiv’s Gorky Park throughout the night and into Tuesday, protesters stood guard trying to prevent further felling of trees in the park
How can you have a non-transparent National Environmental Policy?
Seven leading Ukrainian environmental organizations have addressed an open letter to the Prime Minister and EU Representative Office in Ukraine expressing serious concern over the lack of transparency and cooperation by the new management of the Ministry of the Environment
Ministry for Environmental Protection: Keep Environmentalists out?
A large number of environmental groups have addressed an open appeal to Prime Minister Azarov following a quite unprecedented demonstration of disregard for the principles enshrined in the Aarhus Convention on public participation in decision-making
Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya: High Court rules in favour of the environment:
A cheering indicator that the courts will heed the law over the ongoing assault by Energoatom on land from the regional landscape park “Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya”, however there are worrying attempts to get the President to support even greater encroachments on reserve land
24 years since the Chernobyl Disaster: environmentalists warn of new dangers
On 26 April Ukraine remembers the victims of the Chernobyl Disaster, while environments point to serious problems due to the accumulation of nuclear waste and the extension in the term of exploitation of the reactors
Environmentalists: Belarus nuclear power station would also endanger Ukraine
At a press conference before scheduled public hearings on plans to build a nuclear power plant in Belarus, members of civic organizations from Ukraine and Belarus presented serious arguments against the project
Joint UN/EU team concludes technical scoping mission to Kalush
The Mission found among other things that the possible presence of compounds such as hexachlorobenzene in a nearby disposal site could pose serious risks to local populations if released into the environment
Is it worth creating catastrophes from industry?
The local authorities and residents of Kalush and the villages declared an environmental disaster zone are seriously concerned that a month has passed since the President signed his Decree and yet none of the funding stipulated and vitally needed has appeared
UN, EU experts arrive in Ukraine to study Kalush’s environmental problems
The Mission includes experts in geology, hydrogeology, in obtaining samples for environmental analysis, and on emergency response
Ministry of Finance warns against measures over Kalush
As reported, last week the Verkhovna Rada declared the area including the city of Kalush and two villages – Kropyvnyk and Sivka-Kaluska – in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast an environmental emergency zone
Parliament declares environmental emergency in Kalush
The Verkhovna Rada has declared the area including the city of Kalush and two villages – Kropyvnyk and Sivka-Kaluska – in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast an environmental emergency zone
Environmental organizations outraged over attempts to hijack public participation
They express concern over attempts by certain political structures and pseudo-civic organizations created by them to substitute efficient independent institutions of civic society with imitations and demand that recent Government Resolutions be revoked
Legislative restrictions on access to environmental information?
If the draft law is adopted as it stands now, the ban on classifying as secret environmental information will apply only to information about the state of the environment in its literal meaning
Chernobyl area doctors and researchers show predicted UN mortality figures as far too low
Doctors at a Ukrainian and Belarusian hospital are seeing what they have no doubt is a spike in cancer rates, mutations and blood diseases among their patients linked to the world’s largest nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 24 years