Brussels Bar Association launches space to report Ukraine war crimes

Brussels Bar Association launches space to report Ukraine war crimes
The huge scaffold-clad edifice has dominated the Brussels skyline for a generation. Credit: Ugo Realfonzo/The Brussels Times

A reception centre for victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was inaugurated on 22 June on the grounds of the Brussels Bar Association, next to the capital’s iconic Palais de Justice.

The centre will offer legal support to victims of the war in Ukraine, both with Belgian and Ukrainian lawyers, with the aim of compiling reports of war crimes for future use in a criminal trial against Russian troops on their proxies in Ukraine.

The Brussels Bar, supported by the Institute for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Belgium-based Ukraine NGO Promote Ukraine, will use the bar to take statements from victims every Tuesday and Thursday.

The facility will be available to Ukrainian refugees located in Belgium who have been direct or indirect victims of crimes committed within the integral territory of Ukraine, as well as to those who have witnessed them.

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The testimonies will support investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity which are set to be presented before the International Criminal Court, and possibly the Special Criminal Court.

Those interested in providing a testimony can contact the centre by email: or by telephone at +32023291050. The new office space will also allow for in person visits from 10:00-14:00 at Place Jean Jacobs 17 every Tuesday and Thursday.

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