Smartphone app launched to record human rights abuses at sea

Author: Human Rights at Sea & International Bar Association, Published on: 15 December 2015

“Human Rights at Sea and International Bar Association launch initiative to capture maritime abuses with eyeWitness App”, 7 Dec 2015

…Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) announced the launch of an initiative to use the eyeWitness to Atrocities App to record human rights abuses occurring at sea.  Developed by the International Bar Association (IBA), the App, through its unique capabilities will enable those working in the maritime environment to use Android smartphones and tablets to document crimes…in the knowledge that the images captured will be admissible as evidence in a court of law…[The] CEO of HRAS, said “This is another maritime first using the power of technology in order to assist in evidential gathering of potential or actual human rights abuse incidents which ordinarily would occur out of sight and out of mind at sea.  Up to this point such evidence has often been hidden from the investigatory efforts of our Charity that wishes to identify and address such abuses”…The eyeWitness to atrocities App is a unique tool in the fight against human rights atrocities and abuses…The collection of this metadata provides verification and context and is encrypted and securely stored within the app together with the images…Thus, the images attain a level of authentication which allows for their use in investigations or trials.

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