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The Right To Be Informed About The Environment - International Standards And Serbian Laws

Author(s): Ana Jovašević
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: Environment; the Right to Access Information; International Standards; Criminal Act; Responsibility; Sanction

Summary/Abstract: The Constitution of the Republic of Serbia (2006), in its Article 74 entitled “Healthy Environment”, specifies that each individual is entitled to a life in a healthy environment, and also to being promptly and fully informed about the state and condition of the environment. How significant it is for the public to have the right of free access to information about the condition of the environment and to be included in making decisions about the environment, is highlighted by the fact that Article 268 of the Criminal Code (2006) specifies special criminallegal protection in this area, that is, the punishment for the criminal offence of the “Violation of the Right to be Informed about the Condition of the Environment”. According to the legislative solution, this criminal offence consists in withholding information or giving false information about the state of the environment, and about the events that are important for the proper evaluation of environmental hazards and undertaking measures for the protection of human lives and health. Today, of all the former Yugoslav republics, only the criminal law system i.e. the Criminal Code of Montenegro, passed in 2003, regulates this criminal offence. In that way, the necessary conditions are created for a complete, sound, and efficient implementation and protection of the right to be informed about the environment.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 723-740
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian