International Bar Association launches EyeWitness to Atrocities app

The International Bar Association, with support from LexisNexis Legal & Professional, has launched the eyeWitness to Atrocities app – a new tool for documenting and reporting human rights atrocities in a secure and verifiable way so the information can be used as evidence in a court of law.

With social media increasingly the forum for communicating human rights, many online images have raised awareness of atrocities around the world but typically lack the attribution or information necessary to be used as evidence in a court of law. Now anyone with an Android-enabled smart phone – including human right defenders, journalists, and investigators – can download the free eyeWitness to Atrocities app and help hold accountable perpetrators of atrocity crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.

The design of the app is based on extensive research on the rules of evidence in international, regional and national courts and tribunals.  It includes several features to guarantee authenticity, facilitate verification and protect confidentiality by allowing the user to decide whether or not to be anonymous.

‘Putting information and technology in the hands of citizens worldwide has a powerful role to play in advancing the rule of law,’ said Ian McDougall, EVP and General Counsel of LexisNexis Legal & Professional. ‘LexisNexis Legal & Professional’s world class data hosting capabilities will provide the eyeWitness programme with the same technology that we use to safeguard sensitive and confidential material for our clients every day. It’s all part of our company’s broader commitment to advancing the rule of law around the world, as we believe every business has a role to play in building a safer, more just global society.’

See the press release for more about the app and how it works.

Download the app: www.eyewitnessproject.org