The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB) released its third progress report on the period February to September 2022. The IAPB has made significant progress towards meeting requests for assistance from four states and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The IAPB continues to analyse and preserve thousands of files containing information and evidence on alleged crimes under international law committed in Belarus since 2020
Despite the worsening security situation in Belarus and increasing risks posed to the International Accountability Platform for Belarus’ (IAPB) co-leads—Human Rights Centre “Viasna” (Viasna) and International Committee for the Investigation of Torture in Belarus (International Committee)— during the reporting period, the IAPB made substantial strides towards meeting its objectives to collect, consolidate, verify and preserve information and evidence of crimes under international law allegedly committed in Belarus and assist fair and independent criminal proceedings and other accountability bodies and processes, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner’s examination on the human rights situation in Belarus (OEB). Moreover, the IAPB has engaged with the prosecutorial authorities of a number of European states that are investigating crimes under international law committed in Belarus or may exercise jurisdiction over them. Within one year of operation, the IAPB created the institutional structures necessary to meet its objectives in accordance with international best practice standards and carried out substantial work according to the project plans.
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The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (the Platform) hereby submits its first six-months report. The Platform was launched on 24 March 2021 as an NGO consortium with support from a group of States, and was created to collect, consolidate, verify, and preserve information, documentation, and evidence of gross human rights violations, constituting crimes under international law committed in Belarus since 9 August 2020. This is being undertaken with the view to facilitating criminal investigations and criminal proceedings in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional, or international courts or tribunals that have or may have in the future jurisdiction over those crimes, in accordance with international law.
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. The support was expressed in a joint statement issued on 24 March 2021.