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On Wednesday, Boris Johnson accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of committing war crimes in Ukraine. Johnson is certainly right that Ukrainian civilians are being killed by indiscriminate attacks, but will anyone end up in the dock? The…
A residential building in Chernihiv, Ukraine damaged by Russian aerial attack on March 3, 2022.
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Mounting Efforts Pave Way for Justice

Thirty-eight governments have taken a significant step toward ensuring documentation of potential war crimes by asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to open an investigation in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said today…
Tetyana Tomenko in front of her house, which was damaged during shelling in Novognativka, eastern Ukraine, February 20, 2022.
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Your Excellency, We respectfully call on your government to immediately ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which Ukraine signed in 2000 and take all necessary measures to fight…
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Update, September 11, 2014 What is Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine? Since clashes between armed insurgent groups in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian government forces began, Moscow has made clear its political support for the insurgents and clearly…
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New Q&A on International Humanitarian Law

(Berlin) – Ukrainian government forces and armed insurgents in eastern Ukraine must respect the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a document published today. “Eastern Ukraine: Questions and Answers about the Laws of War” examines the development of…
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Drug Regulations Will Benefit Tens of Thousands

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers’ approval of new regulations on access to pain medicines will dramatically expand healthcare services for patients with incurable illnesses and reduce unnecessary suffering, Human Rights Watch said today. …
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Uncontrolled Pain Ukraine’s Obligation to Ensure Evidence-Based Palliative Care Map of Ukraine Glossary Prologue: The Story of Vlad Zhukovsky Summary Key Recommendations Methodology I. Overview:…
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Ensure Availability of Effective, Inexpensive Medications

(Kiev) - Tens of thousands of patients with advanced cancer in Ukraine unnecessarily suffer from severe pain every year because they cannot get effective, safe, and inexpensive pain medications, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. …
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A casual visitor to the drab committee room in the British Parliament building where the fate of General Augusto Pinochet was decided during five weeks in 1998 and 1999 might have been excused for missing the case's historical significance. The law lords…
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In the year since the arrest of Augusto Pinochet, the world has become a smaller place for people who are accused of committing atrocities. Just ask Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri. In August the top aide to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein fled Austria, where he was…
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