The Register of Damage for Ukraine is strongly committed to pursuing a victim-centred approach in its operations. This approach emphasises the importance of recognising and addressing the needs and rights of victims of Russian aggression against Ukraine, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their experiences acknowledged in the process of collection of compensation claims.

By aligning with the Riga Principles, the Register not only focuses on the meticulous work to record millions of claims for damage, loss and injury, but also prioritises the dignity, respect, and involvement of victims, and ensuring that their perspectives are central to the process, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable categories of victims, such as women and children. This commitment reflects a broader understanding of justice, one that goes beyond mere record-keeping to actively involve and support those most affected by the war.

The victim-centred approach is central to every aspect of the Register’s work – from its organisation and structure to its functioning, from determination of categories of eligible claims to designing the process of submission, processing and recording of claims.

The Register acknowledges that reparation for victims cannot and should not be limited to monetary compensation, and even though it is future compensation that represents the main ambit of the Register’s work, the Register takes a broad view on this issue. It considers that compensation of damage and loss for businesses in Ukraine, both big and small, as well as Ukraine as a State (including its government, local and regional authorities and state-owned or controlled enterprises) constitute key components of victim-oriented reparation, insofar as it can contribute to speedy reconstruction and recovery of Ukraine and its critical infrastructure, stable provision of basic services to the population, functioning of Ukraine’s economy and availability of employment for Ukrainians.

For the Register, the victim-centred approach rests on several fundamental principles: inclusivity, participation, accessibility and security.

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