Robinson Patman together with the international law firm Hogan Lovells signed a Memorandum about cooperation with Truth Hounds. The joint efforts will be directed at documenting of crimes against Ukraine’s cultural heritage, war crimes and human rights violations committed during the war in Ukraine.
The memorandum provides for cooperation in documenting violations against cultural institutions, war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine, transferring of materials and information obtained during documenting to facilitate their further using in the Smithsonian cultural rescue initiative https://culturalrescue.si.edu, preparing geospatial reports, and conducting joint activities on the legal protection for the cultural institutions in Ukraine.
Dmytro Vidsota, the Managing Partner at Robinson Patman, comments: “Russia’s invasion aims to deny Ukraine its sovereign right to a distinct identity. Shelling takes innocent lives and destructs Ukraine’s cultural heritage as an identity factor. Both are war crimes that the international community will need to address. Documentation of war crimes is important to raise awareness about russian aggression, preserve our culture and hold the aggressor legally liable. This is Ukrainian legal front, and we are proud to partner with Hogan Lovells and Truth Hounds teams in this important task”
For reference, press release about documentation of war crimes is available under the link.
Truth Hounds is a non-governmental organization that has been working on documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity in the war contexts since 2014. Since 2014 Truth Hounds team carried out over 50 fact-finding missions to document war crimes in Eastern Ukraine and the Crimea in close collaboration with Brussels based International Partnership for Human Rights.