Ukrainian Archive Annual Report 2022-2023
We are happy to present the Ukrainian Archive Annual Report for 2022-2023. This report encapsulates our commitment to documenting and preserving open-source information related to human rights and humanitarian law violations during the armed conflict in Ukraine.
A Brief Overview: The Ukrainian Archive began as a Rapid Response Project and has since grown into a full-fledged program with multiple workstreams. Over the past year, we’ve archived over 4 million digital records related to potential war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine.
- Infrastructure and Team Building: We established a dedicated team consisting of a Program Manager, Legal Advisor, Open-Source Investigators, Communications Officer, and more.
- External Training: We provided capacity-building workshops to over 20 members of the Ukraine 5 AM Coalition and other Ukrainian partners.
- Archiving and Verification: We archived over 4 million digital records and worked diligently on verifying, tagging, and analyzing these records.
- Investigations and Reporting: We published four public-facing investigation reports, shedding light on attacks on various locations, including Izium City Central Hospital and St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Mariupol.
- Cataloguing and Processing: We operationalized a custom version of Elfehrest, a media analysis platform, and created a tagging guide to index archived content.
- Legal Accountability: We’ve supported various accountability mechanisms, including providing information to investigating authorities and collaborating with EUROJUST and the Dialogue Group on Accountability for Ukraine.
- Partnerships: We’ve expanded our network, collaborating with organizations like Bellingcat, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).
- Outreach and Press: Our program has been featured in prominent media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, France 24, and BBC.
Looking Ahead: Our vision is to evolve into a sustainable hub for collecting, preserving, and processing at-risk digital materials. We are dedicated to creating a digital memorial of the tragic events in Ukraine since February 24, 2022, and believe in the power of transitional justice. As we move forward, we aim to expand our partnerships and amplify our collective efforts for justice and peace.
Read the Full Report: For a comprehensive overview of our achievements, partnerships, and future directions, read the full report below: