Bellingcat and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) today announce the release of the first round of investigations as part of a new project examining the campaign of airstrikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition, including the United States, in Yemen since 2015. Over the next five weeks, approximately 20 in-depth investigations into the airstrikes will be released on a weekly basis, accompanied by a searchable archive of verified open-source material used in each report.
GLAN’s Director, Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn added, “We see this partnership with Bellingcat as a powerful way to push the boundaries on legal evidence. We have already been able to contradict the statements and investigations of the Saudi-led Coalition. This should raise serious concerns for arms suppliers who are relying on such mechanisms to satisfy themselves that the Coalition is not violating international law.”
This is a multiyear project, aimed at documenting as many incidents as possible from the conflict in Yemen. In the process it builds Bellingcat and GLAN’s capacity to refine investigation and archiving processes, to deploy those processes to other topics beyond Yemen, and to share information with other organisations that wish to work in the same way. By developing an infrastructure for documenting and archiving incidents, and training on-the-ground organizations and community members to use it, Bellingcat ensures that investigators of future conflicts will have access to higher-quality information that better supports the work they do to promote the pursuit of accountability, justice and transparency.
Bellingcat’s vision is to hold power to account by inspiring and supporting a global community to conduct high-quality, responsible and transparent investigations anywhere in the world. Employing an “IVA” approach (investigate, verify, amplify), the group pioneers open-source professional and citizen journalism in war zones, human rights abuses, and the criminal underworld. Contributors to Bellingcat make available case studies as well as their investigation techniques. Prior notable cases include publications related to the war in eastern Ukraine, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Fight 17, the Syrian Civil War, the El Junquito raid in Venezuela, and the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
The Global Legal Action Network pursues innovative international legal actions, challenging states and other powerful actors involved with human rights violations. GLAN is committed to the innovative use of law to achieve positive human rights change by developing legal interventions from outside the jurisdictions where individuals and communities suffer injustice. GLAN is a collaboration of legal practitioners, academics, and investigative journalists.