Welcome to Documenting Atrocity Crimes in Ukraine, a course meant to increase the capacity of civil society and civil servants engaged in atrocity crime documentation processes focusing on the conflict in Ukraine.
The armed conflict caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has already resulted in atrocity crimes. International efforts to ensure accountability for the atrocity crimes being committed in Ukraine have been numerous and taken place on diverse fronts. The Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG) is one of the few organizations in the world that is focused exclusively on atrocity crimes – namely genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity – and their prevention. We have extensive experience training public servants and other key actors in the legal and practical specificities of each of these atrocity crimes, in the risks that exacerbate or accelerate them, and in the tools that enable their prevention before, during and after the outbreak of a conflict. Accountability is a key component for prevention, as it not only helps deter ongoing crimes but also prevents future atrocities from re-emerging.
The atrocity prevention lens provided by this three-week course is an essential complement to traditional human rights approaches and helps better identify the types of evidence, documentation and information that should be sought when dealing with atrocity crimes in order to ensure adequate accountability as an effective tool for atrocity prevention.
The first week of the course defines the elements of the atrocity crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The second week of the course focuses on evidence standards for accountability in international and national procedures related to the conflict in Ukraine, particularly emphasizing the importance of accountability for the prevention of future atrocity crimes. Finally, the third week of the course focuses on best practices in the documentation of atrocity crimes, with a particular focus on the collection of open-source content and the interviewing of victims and witnesses.
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