Brussels Bar Association launches space to report Ukraine war crimes

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.