Accountability for atrocity crimes in Ukraine

by Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)

Accountability for atrocity crimes in Ukraine

by Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
Case Owner
The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) pursues innovative legal actions across borders, challenging states and other powerful actors involved with human rights abuses.
17
days to go
£4,926
pledged of £20,000 stretch target from 141 pledges
Pledge now
Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
Case Owner
The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) pursues innovative legal actions across borders, challenging states and other powerful actors involved with human rights abuses.
Pledge now

This case is raising funds for its stretch target. Your pledge will be collected within the next 24-48 hours (and it only takes two minutes to pledge!)

Latest: May 9, 2022

Finalising our evidence methodology

It has now been more than eight weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine.  The conflict has rendered more than 5 million people refugees and displaced a further 7 million.  New allegations of war…

Read more

Atrocity crimes are taking place in Ukraine as we speak. The international community are calling for accountability. GLAN is working with online investigators to compile a database of evidence to help ensure that perpetrators of such crimes can be held accountable.

Russia’s assault on Ukraine is intensifying. Attacks against civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure continue with more than 4,521 civilian casualties recorded, and 1,932 deaths to date. 

Videos, photographs and other media are flooding the web creating a wealth of publicly available, open source information.  This information is creating a public library of atrocities as they are being committed.  Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and partners are preparing this data to create a database of evidence that can be used to prosecute those responsible.

The International Criminal Court, the UK’s SO15 and other international actors are calling for evidence of atrocity crimes, and official prosecutors can use open source information to support their investigations.  We have developed an innovative step-by-step methodology and evidence classification system for collecting and authenticating publicly available information that would otherwise not be accepted before the courts. This information will be made available to any official prosecutors or trusted partners for use in accountability processes and legal proceedings.

Until recently, courts have been sceptical of how trustworthy videos and photographs available online can be as evidence because the creator is unknown or unavailable to provide proof of authenticity.  We have developed a system allowing investigators and lawyers to overcome these issues and ensure that valid data is authenticated as admissible evidence.

Your donations will help us compile the evidence needed to hold actors in this war accountable for crimes committed against the people of Ukraine.  Your funding will help us boost capacity and upscale the technology we need to manage the influx of data being produced.  Our goal is to ensure that perpetrators of war crimes are held accountable.  Your donation will help us achieve that goal and seek justice and accountability for Ukraine.

Who we are

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) are part of the Justice and Accountability Unit, a collaboration of investigators and human rights lawyers working together to seek out and collate evidence which can be used to ensure accountability can be achieved for atrocity crimes. GLAN is a collective of legal professionals who challenge powerful actors complicit in human rights abuses.  We provide legal guidance on these open source investigations ensuring that evidence can be used in court.

Recent contributions

Support the case

Be a promoter

Your share on Facebook could raise £26 for the case

I'll share on Facebook
Update 1

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)

May 9, 2022

Finalising our evidence methodology

It has now been more than eight weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine.  The conflict has rendered more than 5 million people refugees and displaced a further 7 million.  New allegations of war crimes are being made every day. And new footage, photographs and other images are being released every hour. 

Investigations into alleged war crimes have commenced.   

Our team is working hard to ensure there is a database of evidence to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.  We are using open source data generated by civilians and reporters and working to ensure it can be used in courts.   

We are already receiving requests for evidence, and we need to be able to respond. We know our processes are strong, because we have been building them for years.  

This week, we are meeting with partner investigators to make final revisions to our evidence methodology with input from leading war crimes investigators and international criminal law experts.   It is imperative that we keep building on this work to build a robust and extensive database of evidence from Ukraine to support international investigations into atrocity crimes.  

We will seek accountability. 

Support the case

    There are no public comments on this case page.