Ukrainian soldiers inspecting the charred remains of a Russian military convoy in Bucha
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HUMAN RIGHTS & War Crimes in UKRAINE - Database

Ukraine has been embroiled in a violent conflict with Russia since 2014. The most recent invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022 and has led to the occupation of large areas of the country resulting in significant human rights violations, war crimes, and 1,000’s of civilian casualties.

This war has created 5.9 million internally displaced people. Uncover the causes and implications, including the impact on the lives, welfare, and the challenges faced by Ukrainian citizens, as well as updates on the activities of NGOs who are providing essential humanitarian aid, shelter, and other forms of assistance.

In response to the ongoing atrocities, Better World Info has created an extensive ➡️ platform for human rights in Ukraine including a collection of data on war crimes, and their documentation. For more information on the political situation in Ukraine click here.

Better World Info is a website dedicated to collecting and disseminating information to promote justice, peace, and respect for human rights. By providing accurate and comprehensive information on the situation in Ukraine, they promote human rights, raise much needed awareness of violations, and support accountability.


People in Ukraine are trying to escape from Kyiv take shelter under a destroyed bridge
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A key focus of the initiative is to collect information on war crimes committed in Ukraine. This includes horrific acts such as intentional attacks on civilians, torture, and the use of prohibited weapons. This database contributes to efforts ensuring liability, and to prevent them from happening again in the future.

This human rights directory consists of various resources and reports from a range of open sources such as news outlets, human rights organizations, and international bodies. This valuable information is then organized and compiled all in one place, saving you time, and making it easily accessible to interested parties.


Ukrainian families, mostly women, desperately run across train tracks at a station to get to the next westbound train in Kyiv
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Where can I find News and Organisations on Human Rights in Ukraine?

As well as detailed information on war crimes, you will find further reading on government efforts to promote and protect human rights, specific issues faced by different groups in society, and the organizations dedicated to human rights protection in Ukraine.

Additionally, the database features over 300 reports from NGOs on topics such as freedom of expression, minority rights, individual freedoms, and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). Discover valuable information on the work of international human rights groups and local NGOs focused on documenting war crimes in Ukraine.


Global Meeting of Human Rights Representatives, 2022 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva. Group photo with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk.
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United Nations Human Rights Assistance in Ukraine

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) supports the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Learn more about the OHCHR Special Procedures, which includes reports, statements, and other relevant information from experts and special rapporteurs on human rights issues in Ukraine. Additionally, find information on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process including UPR reports, recommendations from other UN member states, and responses by Ukraine.

Then there is the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Find details on the implementation of CEDAW in Ukraine which sheds light on the various forms of discrimination that women face in the country. Issues such as gender-based violence, lack of access to healthcare and education, and low levels of political representation are commonplace. This information underscores the need for significant efforts to combat gender discrimination and improve the state of women's rights in Ukraine.

The database is also an excellent source of information on the work of the Committee against Torture (CAT) and its important role in monitoring and investigating the implementation of the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment in Ukraine.

Finally, the Positions of Intergovernmental Organizations category provides more than 300 extensive and up-to-date resources on the positions and statements of intergovernmental organizations concerning the state of war in Ukraine. It provides valuable insight into the international community's perspective on human rights issues in the country.

What are the War Crime Allegations?

Learn about the International Criminal Court Investigation into war crimes in Ukraine. Find a comprehensive account of the events leading up to it, the extent of the probe, and endeavours by the ICC to collect evidence and end impunity.

There is a dedicated category featuring the independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine where you will find background information on the commission, its jurisdiction, the range of its investigation and related news articles and reports concerning the commissions activities related to war crime allegations.

How can I get involved with Human Rights in Ukraine?

This human rights database by Better World Info is a crucial resource for researchers, academics, journalists, and human rights defenders to comprehend the complex human rights situation in Ukraine. It serves as a valuable source of information for anyone interested in the ongoing conflict and the measures taken to mitigate its disastrous consequences.

Students and researchers in the fields of international criminal law, human rights violations, and conflict resolution can utilize this content for their academic pursuits. It is an important tool in understanding the role played by international organizations in promoting accountability for war crimes, human rights violations, and also how conflict affects human rights.

Better World Info is a unique resource and participatory platform for people who want to make this world a better place. We invite human rights experts, campaigners, and activists to get involved by contributing important resources, reports, campaigns, and sharing their knowledge.

By working together, we stand a greater chance of upholding human rights, dignity, and equality, as well as ensuring justice is served to those who seek to abuse and violate the fundamental rights of those most vulnerable.

Co-Authors: Mohamed Aboelazm and Rachael Mellor, 12.04.23 licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0

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