Belarus is Calling: A webinar training series

This three-part series was launched in the autumn of 2020 to provide training and support to improve the skills of civic society activists in investigating and prosecuting torture. The Series provides human rights defenders in Belarus with the tools to call for personal liability for those involved in torture, inhuman, and degrading treatment of peaceful protesters in Belarus. The webinars cover essential topics, including legal mechanisms to impose individual sanctions on human rights abusers, universal jurisdiction to litigate extraterritorial torture cases, and finally, how to use open-source information to investigate human rights abuses and to document them. All sessions were offered in English with Belarusian translation.


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Episode One

Introduction to Monitoring for Fraud and Corruption in Public Procurement in Healthcare

The first webinar in this three-part series provided an overview of the problems in the healthcare sector in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. This session focuses on how monitoring public procurement through data analytics can help address the corruption problem. This topic was illustrated with some success cases from Hungary and Romania.

Judge Lazar Nanev

President of the Basic Court in Kavadarci, North Macedonia


Zugdidi District Court, Georgia

Judge Victoria Sanduta

Chisinau Court, Republic of Moldova

Andrej Bozhinovski, Llm

Legal Adviser at the Macedonian Judges Association, North Macedonia

Episode Two

Universal Jurisdiction for torture cases

The second webinar in this three- part series discusses universal jurisdiction application with specific examples in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. This session focuses on the challenges and tensions in applying universal jurisdiction and recommendations on choosing a jurisdiction and how to frame a complaint. In this meeting, CEELI speaks with Simon Papuashvili from the International Partnership for Human Rights.

Speaker: Simon Papuashvili from the International Partnership for Human Rights

Episode THREE

Collecting, verifying and organizing open-source evidence on ongoing human rights abuses

The third and final webinar provides an in-detail overview of tools to work with open-source information as a proof of human rights violation. ​​

This webinar is prepared and delivered by Bellingcat.

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