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Event | Moscow Mechanism report on Ukraine: Next steps for the OSCE – OSCE SHDM II PRE-EVENT

10 May 2022

When: 16 May 2022 @ 9:00 – 11:30 CEST

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Coffee & Networking
  • 10:00 – 11:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A

Where: Haus der Musik Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Wien, Austria.

(Note: This event will not provide for virtual or remote participation.)

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:

  • Establish the facts and circumstances surrounding possible contraventions of OSCE commitments, and violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law;
  • 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 to participating States on the report and its observations, next steps for following up on the report’s findings, and future use of the Moscow Mechanism within the context of new and additional international accountability mechanisms.

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