Truth Hounds urges President of Ukraine to initiate ratification of Rome Statute


The Coalition for the ICC and its members sent a letter to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, calling
for prompt ratification of the ICC Rome Statute and commitment to fight impunity domestically.


Signatory organizations:

Advocacy Advisory Panel (AAP), Ukraine
Amnesty International
Center for Civil Liberties (CCL), Ukraine
Civil Rights Defenders (CRD)
Human Rights Center ZMINA, Ukraine
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)
International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), Ukraine
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG), Ukraine
Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC)
No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ)
Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI)
Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
Regional Center for Human Rights (RCHR), Ukraine
Truth Hounds, Ukraine
Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), Ukraine
Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group (ULAG), Ukraine
World Federalist Movement (WFM) – Canada
Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ)

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The ninety-sixth Truth Hounds field mission has returned from the fields of Luhansk


What made this mission unusual? The fact that 75% consisted of girls? What can we say – the houndesses rule! In this mission they interviewed a record number of witnesses: exactly 40 people shared their stories. These stories are all about the pain of war – the loss of relatives, forced evictions, the destruction of homes and life under fire. They are about how difficult it is to find a new home for people with a dog who has become a family member. About how the streets of the haunted ghost town, Stakhanovets, were busy and noisy once. About how in Zolote-4 children study under shelling. About how separatists occupy the homes of the residents of the small Vil`nyi, giving families half an hour to take all the stuff and leave and threatening to be shot. Everything is listened to and documented. Everything will be properly transmitted to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office and Ukrainian investigative bodies as evidences of war crimes against civilians.

In the meantime, we’re going to the field again. Cause the first-hand information is the most truthful one.


After quinquenium of war in Ukraine we published new report about war crimes


After five years the war in Ukraine is no more on foreign newspapers’ front pages. The topic is disappearing from international agendas. It may seem that the world distances itself from the uneasy, distressful and continuously unresolved problem. But the war didn’t cease. Civilians are being killed and injured right at this moment. The war is still here, right in Europe. Truth Hounds’ report contains proves of war crimes committed during the last 12 months. … Continue reading

Cooperation with state authorities got a new impetus


The Truth Hounds gave workshops for prosecutors and investigators of Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, including Crimean Prosecutor’s Office and Kharkiv military prosecutor’s office of Joint Forces Operation.

The workshops took place on July 15 in Kyiv and on July 17 in Kharkiv, 2019. Our lecturers provide international humanitarian law basics, its interpretation and application at the national level, as well as tools to distinguish the features of military crimes.

The practical part of the workshops aimed to introduce skills of war crimes documenting use ща open sources in chasing war criminals generated utmost interest among the audience. Both for the hounds and for the audience it became apparent that the public sector and state sector can contribute to each other’s work and to fighting impunity in general.

The workshops were arranged within the framework of a joint project of the Truth Hounds and United Nations Development Program in Ukraine ‘Improving quality of Ukrainian justice in the prosecution of war crimes’.


We published a report on attacks on religion in the occupied territories of Ukraine


For the report we collected information on the oppression of representatives of religions that are different form than Moscow Orthodox Christianity in the occupied Crimea and some areas of Lugansk and Donetsk regions. This report was submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the city of The Hague for further investigations of the crimes and for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

We prepared the report in cooperation with the International Renaissance Foundation.

Download the report here.

Download short summary here.

Truth Hounds held an international conference “International Criminal Justice Cascade: From the ICC to the National Courts and Back”


On May 17-18, 2019, the Truth Hounds held an international conference “International Criminal Justice Cascade: From the ICC to the National Courts and Back” at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
The conference was a vivid example of the harmonic combination of theory, presented by leading scientists of Ukraine and Europe, and of practices, presented by International Criminal Court representatives, by the human rights movements and international criminal law science, by discussions on the hybrid war, legal issues and effectiveness of international procedures. Discussions at the conference were organized into the following panels:

  • hybrid war, lawfare and international criminal law
  • interaction of national and international jurisdictions: challenges and opportunities
  • teaching international criminal law: what to focus on?
  • standards for documenting international crimes: how to apply in practice?
  • the principle of complementarity as the basis of the ISS.

For Truth Hounds this conference became an important starting point in the implementation of the “Human Rights and Justice” initiative within the framework of the UNDP project “Civil Society for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine” with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the International Renaissance Foundation’s program “Fighting impunity for massive human rights violations and other international crimes committed in an armed conflict”

Opening remarks of Mr. Marcus Brand, Senior Advisor on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development United Nations Development Programme


Speech of Mr. Mark Voyger, Senior lecturer in Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Baltic Defense College, on what the “lawfare” is


Ms. Olena Snihyr, the Leading Specialist of the Center for International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, holds a session about the lawfare in the Black Sea region


Ms. Nadia Volkova, Director of Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group, tells if lawfare is an effective method to combat modern warfare


Speech of Mr. Volodymyr Lysyk, Associate Professor of the Department of International Law of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, on features of war crimes in hybrid warfare


Mr. Andres Parmas, Assistant in criminal law, University of Tartu, the judge at Tallinn Circuit Court, shares the estonian experience of the transposition of norms of international criminal law into a domestic one


Speech of Ms. Kateryna Busol, Legal Consultant at Global Rights Compliance LLP, on amnesties in Ukraine’s armed conflict.


Mr. Benjamin Gumpert, Senior Trial Lawyer, Prosecutions Division of the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC, tells about domestic preservation of evidence on the Ongwen case’s example.


Speech of Ms. Małgorzata Myl, Assistant of the Department of International Public Law and European law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia, on documenting international crimes as a guarantee of enforcement of the right to truth.


Mr. Roman Avramenko, Head of the Board of Truth Hounds, shares the field experience of the Truth Hounds in documenting war crimes.


Speech of Mr. Mykola Gnatovskyy, Resident of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National University, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, on the principle of complementarity in the statute of the ICC and its (non) understanding in Ukraine.


Closing remarks of Dmytro Koval, conference co-organiser

Truth Hounds stand with Crimean Solidarity movement that is beeing opressed by Russia


It is for the first time that the Russian Federation began mass political repressions of the Crimean Tatars on the annexed Ukrainian territory. The FSB security forces arrested 24 residents of Simferopol on March 27, 2019, with numerous procedure violations. Truth Hounds demand that the peninsula’s occupying authority must release the hostages. We express our support for the Crimean Solidarity movement, whose members are detained and accused in extremism and terrorism.

The Crimean Tatar people demonstrate unity against a common threat. Today, hundreds of people gathered at the court in Simferopol to support their brothers and their families. Dozens of human rights organizations in Ukraine and the EU also express support for illegally detained persons.

Truth Hounds are confident that the world should react to events in the Crimea not to allow the criminals to stay unpunished. After all, we have a common faith, namely faith in the rule of law.

We open a new page of cooperation with state authorities


The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea signed a memorandum of cooperation with Truth Hounds to solve by joint efforts issues related to the documentation of war crimes during the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

We plan to jointly organize conferences and briefings, discussions and coverage of political persecution and human rights violations issues.

On the other hand, we are still an independent NGO that does not represent the interests of any party to the war. The only side we protect is the side of international law and human rights. However, cooperation with the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office not only confirms the high level of the Hounds’ professionalism but, hopefully, will give additional opportunities to do our work, namely to unravel the truth.