SHDM II Pre-Event: Moscow Mechanism report on Ukraine & Next steps for the OSCE

Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:00

On 3 March, 45 OSCE participating States invoked the Moscow Mechanism in order to “address the human rights and humanitarian impacts of the Russian Federation’s invasion and acts of war, supported by Belarus, on the people of Ukraine, within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and territorial waters.”

Three experts were appointed to report on the situation, specifically to 1) Establish the facts and circumstances surrounding possible contraventions of OSCE commitments, and violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law; 2) Establish the facts and circumstances of possible cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including due to deliberate and indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure; and to collect, consolidate, and analyse this information with a view to presenting it to relevant accountability mechanisms, as well as national, regional, or international courts or tribunals that have, or may in future have, jurisdiction.

Following the publication of the report of the Moscow Mechanism, this event seeks to offer reflections from civil society on the report and its observations, think through the next steps for following up on the report’s findings, and explore possible future use of the Moscow Mechanism within the context of new and additional international accountability mechanisms.

Please fill out THIS FORM by 13 May 23:59CEST. The organisers will review registration information and confirm registration within 24 hours.

Participation is free of charge; however, travel and accommodation costs are borne by participants.

This event is hosted by Human Rights House Foundation, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Civic Solidarity Platform, DRA e.V., CivilMPlus.

This event is supported by Almenda, Center for Civil Liberties, Crimean Human Rights Group, Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv, Human Rights House Crimea, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Regional Center for Human Rights, ZMINA Human Rights Centre.