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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