Defending the Defenders 2021: Protecting environmental activists from persecution

11.10.2021 - GENEVA

Side event co-organized at the Seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

Agenda: A continuing trend threatening people defending the environment ▪ Alarming situation in Belarus ▪ Environmental destruction in the times of coronavirus ▪ The cases of Armenia, Greece and Slovenia ▪ The Rapid Response Mechanisms under the Aarhus Convention ▪ Discussion

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Presentations & Speakers:

Jonas Ebbesson, Chair Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, professor of Environmental Law – Stockholm University
Opening remark

Maida Bilal, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2021 (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Opening presentation: Brave women of Kruštica: From persecution of environmental defenders to saving the rivers


Zuzana Vachůnová, Arnika (Czech Republic)
Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus


Inga Zafaryan, Ecolur (Armenia)
Restrictions on environmental information


George Chasiotis, WWF (Greece)
Modernization of environmental legislation and recent developments in the covid period

Senka Šifkovič Vrbica, Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs (Slovenia)
Law changes weakening environmental protection


Sergey Magonov, Europen ECO Forum on behalf of Ecohome (Belarus)
Dismantling of environmental CSOs and persecution of the defenders


Olena Kravchenko, Environment People Law (Ukraine)
Recent persecution cases 


Yves Lador, EarthJustice
Opportunities under the Rapid Response Mechanism under the Aarhus Convention to address, prevent the persecution of environmental defenders

Magdolna Tóthné Nagy, Guta Association of Environmental Law
Actions that should be taken to ensure the compliance of Art. 3.8 of the Aarhus Convention


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