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Online Webinar | eyeWitness to Atrocities & PILPG co-host knowledge sharing session for civilians conducting atrocity crime documentation in Ethiopia

5 April 2024

Free to register online webinar for civilians conducting atrocity crime documentation in Ethiopia by Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)and eyeWitness to Atrocities

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On 10 April 2024, the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) in collaboration with eyeWitness to Atrocities co-hosted an online knowledge sharing session on human rights documentation in Ethiopia.

The gravity of atrocities and destruction in the Amhara region of Ethiopia have reached unprecedented levels over the past five years. There have been reports of the use of heavy weapons, including drones, targeting civilians, cultural and religious sites and critical public infrastructure, causing significant casualties and destruction. The ongoing hostilities in the region pose significant challenges to the documentation of atrocity crimes.

The aim of this webinar is to help enable civilians to collect evidence and relevant documents in a way that would maximize the possibility for their eventual use in domestic, regional, and international investigations, criminal proceedings, and transitional justice processes. Speakers will include Carrie Bowker, Director at eyeWitness to Atrocities, along with PILPG documentation experts, who will share best practices for human rights documentation.

This session is designed to best meet the needs of Amhara documenters operating in Ethiopia, and as such, it is encouraged to submit questions in advance of this session.

This online webinar is part of the PILPG Thought Leadership Initiative. The Initiative focuses on prominent international law and international affairs topics and organizes monthly expert roundtables to share expertise and reflections from the organization’s work on peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, and war crimes prosecution.

Event recording


  • Robel Alemu: PhD student studying Medical Science at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, and serves as Director of Communications for the Amhara Association in North America (AAA)
  • Carrie Bowker: Director at eyeWitness to Atrocities
  • Kate Gibson: PILPG Senior Peace Fellow and Senior Legal Advisor
  • Kyle Wood: International lawyer and Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, USA


  • Milena Sterio: Managing Director of PILPG and the Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

About eyeWitness to Atrocities:

eyeWitness to Atrocities supports human rights documenters in high-risk regions to capture, preserve, and securely submit verifiable footage of core international crimes and gross human rights violations. Launched by the International Bar Association in 2015, eyeWitness to Atrocities combines law and technology to promote accountability for the gravest international crimes and human rights violations. Using the eyeWitness to Atrocities app, an innovative system designed by legal professionals, users can collect, verify, and protect digital evidence, helping to ensure that it may be used in national, regional, and international judicial proceedings.

About PILPG:

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) is a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to parties involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and war crimes prosecution/transitional justice. To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy planning assistance and training on matters related to conflict resolution. Founded in London in 1995, PILPG has provided legal assistance to over two dozen peace negotiations, and over two dozen post-conflict constitutions, and has assisted every international and hybrid criminal tribunal, as well as helped to create a number of domestic transitional justice mechanisms.