Introducing TrialWatch: George and Amal Clooney unveil app to help fight injustice
The couple hope to shine a light on courtrooms around the world with the initiative
Their philanthropic efforts have included sizeable donations to efforts such as helping migrant children separated from their parents and those affected by gun crime, and now the Clooneys have turned their sights to tech.
Actor George and human rights lawyer Amal this week unveiled an app designed to help advance human rights, particularly in the courtroom.
Launched in line with the couple's charity, The Clooney Foundation For Justice, the TrialWatch app aims to collect data measuring miscarriages of justice around the world.
"Courts around the world are increasingly being used to silence dissidents and target the vulnerable. But so far there has been no systematic response to this," Amal said in a statement. "The Clooney Foundation for Justice's TrialWatch program is a global initiative to monitor trials, expose abuses, and advocate for victims, so that injustice can be addressed, one case at a time."
The initiative was devised with Microsoft, Columbia Law School, the American Bar Association and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The app claims to be the "first comprehensive global program scrutinising criminal trials around the world". TrialWatch will train and transport monitors, including non-lawyers, to observe and report on criminal trials, as well as record proceedings.
The initiative will focus on cases involving journalists, women and girls, religious minorities and human rights defenders, with every trial monitored getting graded in a Fairness Report. In those where injustice appears to have carried out, the Clooney Foundation has promised to advocate for defendants.
“Without the fair administration of justice, it is not possible to hold the powers that be to account," Amal, who has represented clients such as Yazidi Iraqi activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, said earlier this month. "There can be no democracy, no freedom of speech, no safety for minorities."
Published: April 28, 2019 11:41 AM