International NGO Statement on the PRTR Crisis in the Czech Republic

12.2.2007 - Prague

NGOs appeal to the Members of the Parliament of the Czech Republic in the interest of the global public and environmental protection, not to limit public rights on information about the releases and transfers of chemical substances harmful for the environment and human health from specific industrial facilities in PRTR (= Pollutant Release and Transfer Register).

Dear Members of the Parliament of the Czech Republic,

We refer you to the important public rights guaranteed by the Constitution of your country regarding access to information on the environment. So far, the Czech Republic had a good international reputation in this field. However, we have just found out that you are planning to limit public rights related to significant information such as releases and transfers of chemical substances harmful for the environment and human health from specific industrial facilities. We have been informed about this problem during international meetings and via information exchange by the NGO members from your country.
The Czech Republic was one of the leading countries in the negotiations about the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers Protocol, in accordance to Aarhus convention (Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters, which entered into force in the Czech Republic in 2004). Thus, we are confused by your attempt to reduce access to information about the Integrated Pollution Register (IRZ), which was effectively functioning for two years in your country. Thanks to that register, the Czech Republic--unlike some other countries--has an efficient instrument for collecting data important for control of the implementation of international conventions regarding environmental protection, such as the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).Within the implementation frame of this international convention, the Czech Republic, among other points, committed itself to the further development of IRZ, rather than its restriction which is planned by the new law. Above all, we are referring to the limitation of data about the contents of toxic substances in waste and the reduction of obligations to report about the releases of toxic substances from all types of industrial operations and processes.

We are appealing to you, in the interest of the global public and environmental protection,. not to restrict the rights of the citizens of Czech Republic. Please do not discontinue the availability of information about toxic substances in waste and releases of harmful chemical substances in air and water. You can thus help the Czech Republic to keep its good international reputation.

This statement was made on the 8th of March 2007

This statement was signed by the following organisations and experts:

Name and Surname Position in NGO NGO Country Place
Manny C. Calonzo Co-coordinator GAIA (Global Aliance for Incineration Alternatives Philippines Manila
Monica Wilson Co-coordinator GAIA (Global Aliance for Incineration Alternatives USA Berkeley
Mageswari Sangaralingam Research Officer Consumers' Association of Penang Malaysia Penang
Erik Jansson President Department of the Planet Earth USA Washington, D.C.
Bhoj Raj Bhatt Staff Attorney Society for Human Rights, Environment, Law and Governance Activities (SHELGA) Nepal Kathmandu
Olga Speranskaya   Eco-Accord Russia Moscow
Anabela Lemos Director JA! Justiça Ambiental Mozambique Maputo
Ilya Trombitsky Executive director Eco-TIRAS International Environmental Association of River Keepers Moldavia Chisinau
Ingrid Westerfors Project coordinator International Chemical Secretariat Sweden Göteborg
Yannick Vicaire Toxics Campaigner Greenpeace Francie France Paris
Petruta Moisi President Eco Counselling Centre Galati (ECCG) Romania Galati
Ralph Ryder Coordinator Communities Against Toxics Great Britain Ellesmere Port
Samuel Martín-Sosa Rodriguez International coordinator Ecologistas en Acción Spain Madrid
Roman Havlíček   Priatelia Země - CEPA Slovakia Bratislava
Barbara Skaberne Projects coordinator Umanotera, Slovenska fundacija za trajnostni razvoj Slovenia Ljubljana
Claudia Strauss Director World Information Transfer USA New York
Janet Wiliams Secretary Wrexham Branch Campaign for the Protection Rural Wales Great Britain Wrexham
Jack Weinberg Program Director Global Chemical Safety Program (EHF) USA Chicago
Fernardo Bejarano   Center for Analyses on Toxics and their Alternatives (CAATA) Mexico Edo de Mexico
Yusto Muchuruza Executive Director KADETFU Tanzania Bukoba
Dorothy Skrytek Co-ordinator Friends of the Earth (Derby and South Derbyshire) Great Britain Derby
Nikki Clarke   Waste Network Great Britain Derby
Tomáš Růžička   Nadace Partnerství Czech Republic Brno
Muna Lakhani National Co-ordinator Institute for Zero Waste in Africa Republic of South Africa Durban
Alan Watson   Public Interest Consultants Great Britain Swansea
Joseph DiGangi Project Coordinator Environmental Health Fund USA Chicago
Lisette van Vliet Toxics Policy Advisor Health & Environment Alliance Belgium Brussels
Catherine Wattiez   Pesticides Action Network Europe Belgium Brussels
Jens Karg Politoval Director Global 2000, Friends of the Earth Austria Vienna
Marie-Lou Roux Executive Officer Habitat Council Republic of South Africa Cape Town
Jevgenij Lobanov Toxics Campaigner Foundation for Realization of Ideas Belorussia Minsk
András Lukács President Clean Air Action Group Hungary Budapest
Maria Eugenia Gil-Beroes Direktor of Communications Fundacion Viguaclara Venezuela  
Peter Bosip Program Director Center for Environmental Law & Community Rights Inc/Friends of the Earth Papua New Guinea Boroko
Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith Senior Advisor National Toxics Network Inc. CoChair, International POPs Elimination Network Australia East Ballina
Attila Szuhi Projectleader Waste Reduction Alliance (Humusz) Hungary Budapest
Sonia Mendoza Chairman Mother Earth Foundation Philippines Quezon City
Rome F.Quijano, M.D. Professor College of Medicine, Univ. of the Philippines Manila Philippines Manila
Paul Saoke Executive Director Physicians for Social Responsibility Kenya Nairobi
Penchom Saetang   Campaign for Alternative Industry Network (CAIN) Thailand Nonthaburi
Čestmír Hrdinka Executive Director Health care without harm Europe Czech Republic Prague
Kare Olerud Head Norges Naturvernforbund / Friends of the Earth Norway Norway Oslo
Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja Visiting Research Fellow Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Pakistan Islamabad
Sophie Bringuy   France Nature Environnement France Le Mans
Lei Miller Executive Director Nature and biodiversity conservation union (NABU) Germany Berlín
Christine Gilloire in charge of Industry Policy France Nature Environnement France Le Mans
Geoffrey Kamese Programme Officer Alternative Energy National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) Uganda Kampala
Silvani Mng´anya   AGENDA Tanzania Dar es Salaam
Emma Anakhasyan   AWHHE Armenia Yerevan
Gevorg H, Arakelyan Head Information and International Relations Armenia Yerevan
Ashraf Al Alam-Tutu Coordinator Asia Pacific Network on Food Sovereignty (APNFS)- Bangladesh  
Zakir Kibria   BanglaPraxis Bangladesh  
Than Rithy Project Officer NGO Forum on Cambodia Cambodia  
Michael Gregory Toxics Adviser Sierra Club USA San Francisco
Ahmed Barghouth Director GUN-GEO Palestine  
Dr Paul Connett   American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc. USA New York
Ellen Connett   American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc. USA New York
Brenda Platt Co-Director Institute for Local Self-Reliance USA Washington
Pen Raingsey Toule Sap Watch Project Fisheries Action Coalition Team Cambodia  
Nadia Hadad   International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development Indonesia  
Riza Damanik Board Member Kiara - Indonesian Fisherfolk Movement Indonesia  
Yuki Tanabe Program Coordinator Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society Japan  
Kalia Moldogazieva Director Human Development Center "Tree of Life Kyrgyz Republic  
Simon Lee Programme Officer Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation Malaysia  
Rabin Subedi Member Water and Energy Users´ Federation Nepal  
Khadim Hussain   Action Aid Pakistan  
Joey Papa President Bangon Kalikasan Movement Philippines  
Noli Abinales President Buklod Tao Foundation Philippines  
Richard Gutierrez Coordinator Basel Action Network - Asia Pacific Philippines  
Ana Maria R. Nemenzo President Freedom from Debt Coalition Philippines  
Merci Ferrer Coordinator Health Care Without Harm - Asia Philippines  
Gigi Francisco   International Gender and Trade Network-Asia Philippines  
Maria Lourdes Tabios   Jubilee South Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development Philippines  
Marie Marciano President Mother Earth Foundation Philippines  
Ted Jacinto Secretariat Head Southeast Asia Fish for Justice Network Philippines  
Dilena Pathragoda Director for Projects Centre for Environmental Justice Sri Lanka  
Phairin Sai Field Staff Tamm Mun Project Thailand  
Joanna Levitt Director of Programs International Accountability Project USA  
Dang Noc Quang Director Rural Development Services Centre Vietnam  
Natalya Podkovyrova   Baikal Environmental Wave Russia Irkutsk
Elsa Nivia Coordinadora Regional RAP-AL Pesticide Action Network (PAN) in Latin America Colombia Cali
Fernardo Bejarano G   Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas en México (RAPAM) Mexico Edo de Mexico
Wael Hmaidan Executive Director IndyAct - The League of Independent Activists USA(Indiana)  
Dr. Karine Manukyan Chairwoman of the Women NGO WGWG, Head of the scientific-research group Institute of Molecular Biology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Armenia Yerevan
Kristin Schafer Campaigns Director Pesticide Action Network North America USA San Francisco
Anuradha Gupta General Secretary Prithvi Innovations India  
Dr. Oral A. Ataniyazova, MD, MSc. National Coordinator of WSSCC, Chair & Founder of the Center "PERZENT" Center "PERZENT" Uzbekistan  
Pavel Pribyl CEE Bankwatch Network national coordinator Hnuti DUHA (Friends of the Earth Czech republic) Czech Republic Prague
M.Sc. Maria Elander Officer Environmental Policy and Sustainability NABU Germany Berlin
Regina Schneider European Environmental Bureau Federation of Environmental Citizens Organisations Belgium Brussels
Lilian Corra   Asociacion Argentina de Medicos por el Medio Ambiente, AAMMA Argentina Buenos Aires
Tömöri Balázs president Messzelátó Association Hungary Budapest
Tania Dantova   CEIISA Bolivia  
Happy James Tumwebaze Regional coordinator Albertine Rift Conservation Society Uganda Kampala
Elena Manvelyan   Armenian Women for Helath and Helathy Environment AWHHE Armenia  
Jennifer Mouri Zástupce ředitele PAN Asia and the Pacific Malaysia Penang
Marisa Jacott Toxic campaign coordinator Greenpeace México Mexico  
Huub Scheele   Both ENDS Netherland Amsterdam
Betty Obbo   National Association of Professional environmentalists (NAPE) Uganda Kampala
Isuf Sidibe Secretary for external relations and partnership CONSUMERS' ASSOCIATION OF ESTATE AND SERVICES (ACOBES) Guinea Bissau  
Robert Tumwesigye Baganda coordinator Pro-biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda (PROBICOU) Uganda Kampala
Fe de Leon researcher Canadian Environmental Law Association Canada Toronto
Valentina Lukova president National Movement Friends of the Earth Bulgaria Sofia
Prof. Igor Hadjamberdiev coordinator Toxic Action network Central Asia Kyrgyz Republic Bishkek
Ravi Agarwal   Toxics Link Indie New Delhi
Salima Sarwar Executive director Association for Community Development-ACD Bangladesh Rajshahi
Jennie Sutton Executive director Baikal Environmental Wave Russia Irkutsk
Jennifer Mourin Deputy Executive Director PAN Asia and the Pacific Malaysia Penang
Sanjay K Gupta Director GMED - USAID India India New Delhi
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