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REPORT | Clima21: Access to information, participation and justice in environmental issues in Venezuela

Clima 21 | Venezuela | May 8, 2023

Civil society organizations comment on the Escazú Agreement

The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Escazú Agreement, aims to guarantee full implementation of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters in the region. It also includes provisions for States to protect human rights defenders in environmental matters.

The Venezuelan State did not participate in any of the drafting stages of this Agreement, nor has it subsequently signed or ratified it. The reasons for this rejection are not known. In spite of this, all the elements contemplated by the Agreement are present as rights in the National Constitution.

Based on this context, a survey was conducted to establish the perception of Venezuelan civil society organizations (CSOs) on the Escazú Agreement and its thematic axes.

The results of this survey are available in Spanish, please click here.