The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB) is a coalition of independent non-government organisations that have joined forces to collect, consolidate, verify, and preserve evidence of gross human rights violations constituting crimes under international law allegedly committed by Belarusian authorities and others in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath.
The IAPB was launched on 24 March 2021 in response to the OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur’s report to the OSCE Permanent Council on 5 November 2020. Among other things, the report calls on States to hold perpetrators of torture and inhumane treatment, including sexual violence, and other gross human rights violations committed in the context of the 9 August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus to account.
The IAPB 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.
The IAPB’s objective is to collect, consolidate, verify and preserve information and evidence of crimes under international law allegedly committed in the run-up to the presidential elections in Belarus in 2020 and its aftermath. To this end, the IAPB will build on the ongoing efforts of Belarusian human rights organisations to collect information about human rights violations committed in Belarus.
The information and evidence collected by the IAPB will assist independent and fair criminal investigations and criminal proceedings, carried out in accordance with international law and standards, in national or international courts or tribunals that have or may have jurisdiction over those crimes. The evidence may also support other proceedings aiming to ensure accountability for crimes under international law allegedly committed in Belarus.
To meet these objectives, the IAPB is:
- Working in partnership with Belarusian and international human rights organisations, collecting, verifying and consolidating evidence of crimes under international law allegedly committed in Belarus;
- Preserving evidence in physical and digital archives; and
- Producing evidentiary and analytical products for use by investigation and prosecution authorities, as well as for use in other accountability-related proceedings.
The IAPB is committed to effectively implementing a survivor-centred, trauma-informed approach to the collection and preservation of information and evidence. In fulfilling its objectives, the IAPB integrates a gender analysis in all core components of its work, such that information and evidence is collected and analysed while using gender-competent approaches.
Who we are
The International Accountability Platform for Belarus is a consortium of independent Belarusian and international human rights organisations, composed of a Steering Committee and Advisory Council and supported by a Secretariat.
The Steering Committee, responsible for leading the Platform’s work, is composed of the following organisations:
- 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)
In addition to a number of Belarusian organisations, the Advisory Council is composed of the following organizations:
- 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)
The work of the IAPB is carried out by a Secretariat composed of legal and medical practitioners with expertise in criminal investigations and prosecutions. The Secretariat is placed at DIGNITY’s headquarters in Copenhagen.