About us

The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB) is a coalition of independent human rights organisations that have joined forces to collect, consolidate, verify, and preserve evidence of grave human rights violations, including torture, committed by Belarusian authorities in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath.

The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB) was launched on 24 March 2021.

The Platform is established as follow-up to the recommendations of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur, Professor Wolfgang Benedek, as presented in his report to the OSCE Permanent Council on 5 November 2020 concerning alleged human rights violations related to the 9 August presidential elections in Belarus Moscow Mechanism rapporteur reports to OSCE Permanent Council on alleged human rights violations in Belarus | OSCE.

The Platform is supported by a wide range of states, notably Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as the European Union.

Objective

The objective is to collect, consolidate, verify and preserve information, documentation and evidence of serious violations of international human rights law committed in Belarus in the run-up to the presidential elections in Belarus in 2020 and its aftermath. To this end, the Platform will build on the ongoing efforts of Belarusian human rights organisations to document human rights violations in Belarus.

The documentation collected by the IAPB will serve any future independent criminal investigations and criminal proceedings, in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over those crimes.

The Platform will not replace a possible future UN investigation aimed at contributing to accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims in Belarus; instead, it will fill a gap by collecting and preserving evidence until such UN mandate has been established and become operational. At the expiry of the Platform, the collated and preserved data will be handed over to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Organisation

The International Accountability Platform for Belarus is a consortium of independent Belarusian and international human rights organisations.

Steering Committee

  • DIGNITY – Danish Institute against Torture (lead)
  • Human Rights Center Viasna (co-lead)
  • International Committee for the Investigation of Torture in Belarus (co-lead)
  • Redress (co-lead)

Advisory Council

  • European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
  • Norwegian Helsinki Committee
  • Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

In addition a number of Belarusian organisations

 

 

Secretariat

The Secretariat is placed at DIGNITY’s headquarters in Copenhagen.