Shadow Implementation Report of the Aarhus Convention in the Republic of Belarus 2017-2021
The report provides an overview of the development in environmental democracy in the Republic of Belarus in the period of 2017-2021. By 2017, the country adopted significant amendments to legislation, however, this promising progress has not influenced the practice and situation on the ground. On the contrary, numerous cases of violation and non-compliance with the Aarhus Convention have been reported regarding the restriction of access to environmental information, the absence of a real opportunity for public participation in decision-making, and lack of access to justice. Persecution and repression against environmental defenders has increased, which also resulted in the gradual liquidation of non-governmental organizations.