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.