Save Teghut Civic Initiative: Armenia fails to comply with Aarhus Convention

Save Teghut Civic Initiative has issued a statement calling on all individuals and organizations concerned with human rights to join their statement that will be presented at the Aarhus Convention gathering in Netherlands.

Armenia’s failure to comply with the Aarhus Convention and the subsequent consequences will be raised at the fifth meeting of Aarhus Convention’s parties to be held in Maastricht, Netherlands from June 29 to July 2.  Representatives of the Armenian civil society concerned with the country’s environmental issues will participate in the meeting. They will present the actual situation in relation to compliance with the Convention in Armenia.

In 2008, 2011 and 2013, the Compliance Committee of the Aarhus Convention found that in connection with the mattters of Dalma Gardens and illegal exploitation of Teghut copper mine, the Armenian government failed to ensure fulfillment of human rights as prescribed by the Convention and set forth recommendations to the Armenian government. However, none of these recommendations has been implemented to this date.

Armenian representatives will present at the Maastricht meeting a statement to the Parties, calling on them to adopt a resolution that will force the Armenian government to take concrete steps to fully meet the Convention and carry out the previous recommendations.

We are appealing to the civil society organizations, including civic initiatives, representatives of science and education, lawmakers, Ombudsman’s Office, international organizations, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in Armenia and everyone else concerned with human rights and accountability of Armenian government to join the statement which will be presented at the Maastricht meeting.

The statement is attached to this appeal. To join it, please write to [email protected] or [email protected] before June 28.

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