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IBA Mobile App to Aid Prosecution of Human Rights Atrocities

The International Bar Association (IBA), with support from LexisNexis Legal & Professional, has launched the eyeWitness to Atrocities app – a new tool for

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Eyewitness app The International Bar Association (IBA), 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.

Now anyone with an Android-enabled smart phone – including human right defenders, journalists, and investigators – can download the eyeWitness to Atrocities app and help hold accountable perpetrators of atrocity crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.“The eyeWitness to Atrocities app will be a transformational tool in the fight for human rights, providing a solution to the evidentiary challenges surrounding mobile phone footage,” Mark Ellis, IBA executive director said.‘Until now, it has been extremely difficult to verify the authenticity of these images and to protect the safety of those brave enough to record them.

As an advocate for the voiceless, the International Bar Association is dedicated to empowering activists on the ground who is witnessing these atrocities with the ability to bring criminals to justice.’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.

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