PJI is supporting the International Accountability Platform for Belarus with expert legal and technical guidance to advance the platform’s mandate.
The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB) was launched in March 2021 in response to a report by the 2020 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Moscow Mechanism on the human rights violations surrounding the 2020 elections in Belarus.
PJI began working with the IAPB in January 2022, partnering with the IAPB’s member organizations and its Secretariat to strengthen internal protocols and address complex questions of international and comparative law that the novel mechanism is facing.
The IAPB is the first mechanism of its kind, a coalition of independent NGOs which have come together to collect, consolidate, verify, and preserve evidence of the grave crimes committed in Belarus, with the aim of directly supporting extra-territorial criminal accountability processes. Since its launch, the IAPB has collected over 20,000 pieces of evidence for the purpose of supporting accountability efforts. Because the IAPB is a new and exciting model for civil society to come together to build case files in this way, including with the goal of providing evidence directly to national prosecutors, its work has the potential to be highly influential on future mechanisms.