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Press releases and public statements

18.07.2024 Statement regarding the four-year prison sentence imposed on Mr. Daniel Shaw for his involvement in peaceful environmental protest in the United Kingdom (complaint ref ACSR/C/2024/26)
24.06.2024 Statement regarding the criminal prosecution of Mr. Daniel Shaw for his involvement in peaceful environmental protest in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (complaint ref ACSR/C/2024/26)
08.05.2024 Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention on the proposed Council of Europe Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

18.03.2024

Video statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention for the Side event on "The right to protest, Protest at Sea, and Deep Sea Mining", at the International Seabed Authority's (ISA) 29th Session

29.02.2024

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, following his visit to the Tarn region of France on 22-23 February 2024

28.02.2024

Press release on publication of Position Paper by the UN Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders under the Aarhus Convention on State repression of environmental protest and civil disobedience

28.02.2024

Position Paper by the UN Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders under the Aarhus Convention: State repression of environmental protest and civil disobedience: a major threat to human rights and democracy

15.02.2024

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention in support of the adoption of the European Union Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

09.02.2024

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, following his official country visit to Cyprus on 5-9 February 2024

23.01.2024

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, following his visit to the United Kingdom on 10-12 January 2024
18.12.2023 Joint written submission from the secretariat of the Aarhus Convention and the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in relation to the Request for an Advisory Opinion by the Republic of Chile and the Republic of Colombia regarding "Climate Emergency and Human Rights"

02.12.2023

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention on the occasion of COP28

27.11.2023

Further letter from the Special Rapporteur on the proposed Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on protecting persons who engage in public participation from manifestly unfounded or abusive court proceedings (“Strategic lawsuits against public participation”)

06.09.2023

Letter from the Special Rapporteur on the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

09.2023

Celebrating the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (article by the Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, published by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung)

02.08.2023

Letter from the Special Rapporteur on the proposed Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on Countering Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs)

20.07.2023

UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention holds a closed-door workshop on civil disobedience in the context of environmental activism in Europe

12.07.2023

Letter from the Special Rapporteur on the proposed Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on protecting persons who engage in public participation from manifestly unfounded or abusive court proceedings (“Strategic lawsuits against public participation”)

11.04.2023

The criminalisation of environmental defenders is not an adequate response to civil disobedience (Editorial by the Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders in "Domani" newspaper, Italy)

02.2023

Comments on the draft revised OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by the Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders

24.11.2022

UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders presents his vision for mandate to ensure protection under the Aarhus Convention

23.11.2022

Vision for the mandate: Statement by the Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders

10.08.2022

Belarus: UN experts denounce withdrawal from Aarhus Convention

24.06.2022

World’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders elected under the Aarhus Convention