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International Advisory Panel


The Panel

The International Advisory Panel (the Panel and IAP) was constituted by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to oversee that the investigations into the violent incidents which took place in Ukraine from 30 November 2013 onwards met all the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Sir Nicolas Bratza, Chairman, former President of the European Court of Human Rights Mr Volodymyr Butkevych, former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights Mr Oleg Anpilogov, member of the Kharkiv Regional Council, former prosecutor.

Sir Nicolas Bratza, IAP Chairman, former President of the European Court of Human Rights

Mr Volodymyr Butkevych, IAP Member, former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights

Mr Oleg Anpilogov, IAP Member, Member of the Kharkiv Regional Council, former prosecutor.

The Mandate

The Panel will operate in accordance with its mandate. The mandate was sent by letter of 3 April 2014 from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, in his response dated 1 May 2014, reiterated that the Government of Ukraine welcomed the composition of the Panel and undertook to facilitate the Panels work.

Subject of enquiries

The subject of the Panels inquiries is events related to the Maidan demonstrations in Kyiv from 30 November 2013 to 21 February 2014 (the Maidan demonstrations). Moreover, the Panel will principally enquire into the investigation of violent acts committed by any person during four periods of the Maidan demonstrations (“the relevant incidents”): early in the morning of 30 November, 1 December 2013, 19-22 January 2014 and 18-21 February 2014.

Information gathering

The mandate provides that the Panel shall have full access to all relevant information and the right to request and receive any additional information as it deems necessary:

  • State bodies: The Panel will exchange with a number of State bodies in order obtain information relevant to the scope of its work (Press release of 7 May 2014).
  • Civil Society: The mandate also provides that civil society shall have the right to contact and communicate freely with the Panel. In order to facilitate the work of the Panel, NGOs wishing to make submissions should therefore follow the guidelines set out below and should do so prior to the deadline of 11 June 2014 (see IAPs Guidelines about NGOs submissions).
  • Individuals: The function of the Panel is to oversee that the investigations into the above-described violent incidents meet all the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. It is not therefore tasked with carrying out investigations itself. Consequently, it will not accept or respond to individual complaints about violent acts which should be forwarded to the competent authorities.

At the end of its mission, the IAP will report on its findings and, should it consider necessary, it will also report on an interim basis. The IAP would make it clear that it does not intend to reveal, in the course of its work or reporting, any confidential or personal information submitted to it.

 

News

IAP Briefing, 12.09.2014

Briefing of the International Advisory Panel

It has been over six months since the end of the tragic events of Maidan. It has also been five months since the appointment of the members of the International Advisory Panel in April 2014. The Panel considers it timely to provide a briefing on its activities and progress to date, as well as an indication of the future steps until the completion of its final Report.

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IAP Press release - Kyiv, 01.08.2014

Recent Meetings of the International Advisory Panel in Kyiv

Following the visit of the Chair of the International Advisory Panel, Sir Nicolas Bratza, to Kyiv on 4th July, new information was submitted by Ukrainian authorities to the Panel concerning the investigations into violent incidents during the Maidan demonstrations.

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IAP Press release - Kyiv, 04.07.2014

Further to President Poroshenkos visit to Strasbourg on 26 June 2014

Further to President Poroshenko’s visit to Strasbourg on 26 June 2014, the Chair of the International Advisory Panel visited Kyiv on 4th July 2104. The purpose was to meet with a number of Ukrainian authorities to follow up on the Panel’s recent requests for information, with a view to the Panel’s substantive meetings in the near future with the relevant actors in Kyiv

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IAP Press release - 28.06.2014

President Poroshenko
endorses International Advisory Panel

On 26 June, President Poroshenko met with Sir Nicolas Bratza, the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel, in the course of his visit to the Council of Europe. In his address on the same day to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the President endorsed the work of the Panel and confirmed that the Ukrainian authorities are ready to cooperate.

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IAP Guidelines - Strasbourg, 16.05.2014

Guidelines of the International Advisory Panel concerning submissions to it from NGOs

The Panel’s mandate provides that civil society shall have the right to contact and communicate freely with the Panel.

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IAP Press release - Strasbourg, 07.05.2014

International Advisory Panel on Ukraine to seek information from the authorities and NGOs, in preparation for its first working meetings in Kyiv

Strasbourg, 07.05.2014 - The second working session of the International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Ukraine took place at the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg from 5 to 7 May 2014.

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IAP Press release - Strasbourg, 11.04.2014

International Advisory Panel on Ukraine concludes first working session: next meeting scheduled 5-7 May 2014

The first working session of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine took place at the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg, from 9 to 11 April 2014. The International Advisory Panel (IAP) was initiated in December 2013 by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. With the appointment of its Members, the IAP was constituted in early April 2014. Its purpose is to oversee that the investigations of the violent incidents which have taken place in Ukraine from 30 November 2013 onwards meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

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IAP Press release - Strasbourg, 07.04.2014

International Advisory Panel on Ukraine investigations meets for the first time at the Council of Europe

The International Advisory Panel initiated by Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland to oversee judicial investigations of violent clashes between protesters and security forces since the end of November 2013 will meet for the first time on Wednesday 9 April at the Council of Europe. The members of the panel are:

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