#Belarus

Belarus should stop persecuting environmental activists, UNECE countries insist

Belarus should stop persecuting environmental activists, UNECE countries insist

Belarus has been persecuting environmental activists and should stop this violation of international law. The Seventh Meeting of the Parties (1) to the Aarhus Convention (2)...

The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

A substantial number of countries are failing to adhere to the agreed provisions of the International Aarhus Convention on environmental democracy (1). While the post-Soviet and...

Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

Will the defenders of the environment get effective protection from harassment and persecutions? That is one of the main agenda points of the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to...

After political opposition and the media, Belarusian dictator is shutting down the NGOs

After political opposition and the media, Belarusian dictator is shutting down the NGOs

Environmental non-governmental sector, belonging to the most active parts of Belarusian civil society for years, is disappearing. Since July, the regime has been looking for...

The protection of environmental activists is getting closer. Governments are negotiating on a new international mechanism

The protection of environmental activists is getting closer. Governments are negotiating on a new international mechanism

The year 2019 showed the highest number of environmental and land defenders killed ever; 212 people worldwide [1]. Although most of them were in Latin America, murders also...

Persecution of environmental activists in Belarus has no end. ‘Green Telephone’ operator Alena Dubovik was sentenced to 15 days in prison

Persecution of environmental activists in Belarus has no end. ‘Green Telephone’ operator Alena Dubovik was sentenced to 15 days in prison

Another member of a non-governmental organization Ecohome, Alena Dubovik, was detained in Minsk on Friday, October 23rd. On October 26th, she was sentenced to 15 days in prison...

Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: a new study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light

Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: a new study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light

Changing the law in favour of investors, sudden approval of controversial projects, unlawful construction of hydropower plants, illegal logging, or persecution of activists....

The Belarusian regime imprisons uncomfortable activists. Arnika repeatedly calls for an end to the persecution

The Belarusian regime imprisons uncomfortable activists. Arnika repeatedly calls for an end to the persecution

Marina Dubina from the Belarusian organization Ecohome, which is fighting against the construction of a nuclear power plant in the country, was yesterday convicted to spend...

Arbitrarily detained, released after 5 days: Eco-activist Irina Sukhy spent almost a week in a detention for participating on a peaceful protest

Arbitrarily detained, released after 5 days: Eco-activist Irina Sukhy spent almost a week in a detention for participating on a peaceful protest

At the beginning of September, many environmental activists were detained in Belarus , which has caused a wave of indignation and solidarity across Europe. Among others, also...

Environmental activists are being arrested in Belarus. Arnika is calling for an end of the persecution

Environmental activists are being arrested in Belarus. Arnika is calling for an end of the persecution

In the past three days, repressive forces of the Belarusian state are trying to detain members of the board of the environmental organization Ecohome. According to the NGO...

Public air monitoring project AirMQ continues a series of educational webinars for residents of Belarusian cities

Public air monitoring project AirMQ continues a series of educational webinars for residents of Belarusian cities

A series of educational webinars organized by NGO Ecohome, which started on April 17, 2020, continued on June 11. The latest webinar was dedicated to the Covid-19 pandemic and...

Resurgence of activist persecution in Belarus: Brest activists under arrest

Resurgence of activist persecution in Belarus: Brest activists under arrest

On April 17 and 18, three Brest activists - Dmitry Bekalyuk, Alexander Kabanov and Dmitry Androsyuk - were detained before the “feeding of pigeons” - a weekly Sunday protest...