Truth Hounds’ track record:
2019 — ongoing
Project title: Improving the quality of Ukrainian justice in prosecuting international crimes
Project description: The project aims to provide personnel of the Prosecutor General’s Office and National Police with up-to-date theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The latter will be used for the personnel who worsk on Joint Forces Operation territory. This will increase Ukrainian justice quality in prosecuting international crimes.
2019 — ongoing
Project title: Documenting attacks against human rights activists and civic activists
Donor: Freedom House Ukraine
Project description: For the sake of the project Freedom House and Truth Hounds will establish and train a network of ten monitors in ten key regions (tentatively Kyiv, Poltava, Kharkiv, Lviv, Volyn, Chernivtsi, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Kherson and Mykolaiv) to monitor, document, and verify incidents of violence and attacks against civic activists. Collected data will serve multiple purposes, including enhancing the integrity and fidelity of nationwide media monitoring, improving verification of civic activists and incidents, and bolstering advocacy activities conducted under the project.
2019 — ongoing
Project title: Restoring justice in cases of war crimes committed during the conflict in the East of Ukraine
Donor: International Renaissance Foundation
Project description: The project aims to investigate the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity who feature in violations committed in Donbas. Findings of the investigation will be used to trigger investigations by the ICC. Collected evidence is also being used for advocacy purposes drawing the attention of Ukrainian and external stakeholders on the importance of accountability for grave human rights violations and international crimes.
2018 — ongoing
Project title: Fighting impunity in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea
Donor: Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Project description: The project aims to investigate perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity who feature in violations committed in Crimea and Donbas. Findings of the investigation will be used to trigger investigations based on Norway’s universal jurisdiction laws and for drawing list of perpetrators to be included in the so-called “Magnitsky lists” in United States, Canada, Estonia, Lithuania and the UK (listed countries have all adopted Magnitsky style laws enabling use of asset freezes and travel bans against human rights perpetrators).
Project title: Monitoring cultural objects in Crimea. Culture annexed
Project description: The project revealed how the cultural identity of Crimean Tatars is being erased. The final report shows that the diverse history of the Peninsula is being substituted by the history with the explicit pro-Russian narratives.
Project title: Understanding Gender Norms in Armed Conflict
Donor: International Alert
Project description: The project is aimed at obtaining sociological data for in-depth qualitative research on the role of gender norms in armed conflict.
2017 — ongoing
Project title: Monitoring and documenting human rights violations
Donor: National Endowment for Democracy
Project description: The project aims to promote accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity through international and national criminal justice mechanisms. Evidence collected and submitted by the Truth Hounds will serve as an important basis for the ICC to complete the preliminary examination on the Ukraine situation and to start an investigation. Truth Hounds facilitates the cooperation between the ICC and the Ukrainian Government by the means of the training provided to the Ukrainian investigative authorities. Collected evidence is also being used for advocacy purposes drawing the attention of Ukrainian and external stakeholders on the importance of accountability for grave human rights violations and international crimes. As an outcome of this and previous projects, the third submission of pieces of evidence of war crimes in Eastern Ukraine has been submitted to the ICC. 210 cases of attacks were described in the report “Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine”.
Project title: Promoting peace and protecting children affected by conflict through ensuring accountability for international crimes committed in the Donbas region
Project description: the project provided comprehensive and objective analyses of the violations of international humanitarian law related to the protection of children. Facilitated discussion of the child protection and highlighted the need for additional measures for ensuring safety and dignity of children affected by the conflict. Report “No country for young: monitoring of attacks on children and schools during three years of the war at Donbass” was published and a documentary “In between” was produced. The documentary is now being nominated for several national and international documentary festivals including upcoming “DocuDays” in Kiyv.
Project name: Seeking accountability for international crimes in Ukraine, documentation of the cases of shelling of civilian objects in Eastern Ukraine
Donors: Norwegian Helsinki Committee, OSCE
Project description: Four field missions conducted. 110 testimonies collected.
2016 — ongoing
Project name: Tbilisi Shelter City
Donors: Protect Defenders EU, Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia
Project description: Within the project, Truth Hounds support human rights defenders from Central Asia, Russia, Belarus and other countries of the region. In Georgia we provide them with safe space for work and rehabilitation, offer conditions for physical and psychological rehabilitation, help to develop the support network organising seminars, workshops and meetings.
2014 — 2016
Project title: Ukraine: fighting impunity through sustained support for human rights defence – a civic solidarity platform
Donors: Open Society Foundations, Swedish International Development Agency (through IPHR)
Project description: the purpose of the project was to document war crimes and crimes against humanity in Eastern Ukraine and occupied Crimea. More than 50 fact-finding missions to the Eastern Ukraine and Crimea were conducted, more than 700 cases were documented. Two submissions of the evidence to the ICC were completed. In terms of this project, the following reports were written and published.