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.