Training workshop for Ukrainian partner organizations in Kiev, 14-15 July 2014

In response to several requests made by Ukrainian partner organizations concerning the provision of evidence to the ICC and other investigative organs, IPHR organized and executed a two-day workshop in Kiev entitled “Fighting against Impunity during Times of Upheaval: Practical Workshop for Ukrainian Civil Society Representatives” on 14-15 July 2014.

The workshop provided practical information and useful tools to civil society actors and others invested in combating impunity in Ukraine in the wake of the Maidan events and subsequent unrest throughout the country. It was led by Simon Papuashvili of IPHR and independent expert Marek Marczynski, both of whom have extensive experience in crime documentation and facilitating international prosecution. The workshop covered topics such as alternative strategies for fighting against impunity through domestic investigative procedures, utilizing the International Criminal Court, understanding Universal Jurisdiction, the working principles of the Office of the Prosecutor in the ICC, elements of international crimes and crimes against humanity, including documentation thereof.

The workshop was attended by 30 individuals including civil society representatives from the Civic Solidarity Platform, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, FIDH, International Renaissance Foundation, Human Rights House, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and several lawyers who are currently working with families of those who were killed during the Maidan events.

See also the following article about the workshop written by one of the participants (in Ukrainian).