Atrocity Crimes: Exploring Mechanisms for Ensuring Accountability

July 04, 2024

Last week, Claudio Pala, EUAM Senior Adviser on the Prosecution of International Crimes and Deputy Lead Coordinator of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA), visited Lviv to engage with key partners in the region, including NPU investigators, the Ombudsman’s office, representatives from the Free Legal Aid Centre, the Council of Advocates, civil society organisations (CSOs) as well as regional prosecutors from different Western regions of Ukraine.

During his meetings, Claudio Pala elaborated on the ACA’s mission to support justice and accountability for atrocity crimes committed during Russia’s full-scale invasion. The ACA’s role includes providing advisory support and practical capacity-building to the Office of the Prosecutor General and other Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, ensuring that investigations and prosecutions follow fair trial principles.

Claudio Pala also expressed an interest in exploring further cooperation with the participating agencies to enhance these efforts, underscoring the importance of a united approach to achieving justice and accountability for atrocity crimes committed in Ukraine.

“We are committed to standing by Ukraine in these challenging times, offering our expertise and resources to enhance the country’s justice mechanisms,” Claudio Pala stated. “Our collaboration with regional authorities and civil society is crucial in ensuring that atrocity crimes are thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, maintaining the integrity of the justice process.”

Reference: The Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine is a multilateral initiative established by the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom to provide strategic advice and operational assistance to Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) in the investigation and prosecution of atrocity crimes in Ukraine. Launched in May 2022, the ACA is intended to streamline multinational efforts to encourage the expeditious deployment of financial resources and skilled personnel to respond to the needs of the OPG as the legally constituted authority in Ukraine responsible for the prosecution of international crimes in its own territory.