A mobile phone app that enables eyewitnesses to download evidence of alleged atrocities from anywhere in the world so it can be verified and used to prosecute perpetrators is being launched on Monday.
The London-based International Bar Association (IBA) has developed digital technology that will help human rights activists document and store photographs and films that can be shown in court.
The initiative is initially aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for war crimes, torture or genocide in conflicts such as those raging in Syria, Ukraine or the Democratic Republic of Congo. It could eventually be extended to record abuses committed by paramilitary groups or security forces who use violence to disperse demonstrations.
In the age of citizen journalism, where billions of people have mobile phones, video footage is increasingly significant in court cases.