Basic Investigative Standards for International Crimes App (‘BIS App’)Documentation Tool
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The ‘Basic Investigative Standards for International Crimes’ App (‘BIS App’) is truly an IHL innovation: it is the first free mobile phone App designed to ensure that human rights defenders, CSOs, national investigative and judicial authorities and UN-backed judicial and reporting bodies and humanitarian actors have immediate access to essential IHL and ICL expertise in order to enhance national capacities to prohibit, prevent and punish serious violations of international crimes.
The BIS App can be used anywhere, even in locations with low mobile connectivity. The App gives a user access to a range of digestible and essential IHL and ICL standards including the standards required: to assess when genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity may be occurring; to collect and preserve documentary, physical, digital, and witness evidence in relation to those violations; to ensure the safety and security of witnesses and victims, with a focus on sexual and gender based crimes (‘SGBV’); and a range of other guidance to enhance access to justice, including guidance on drafting Article 15 Communications to the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’). The BIS App is currently being used in Iraq, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Sudan, South Sudan, Palestine, Syria, Philippines, Ukraine, the UK and Mali. You can download the BIS App for free by clicking here: Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globalrightscompliance&hl=en and Apple https://apps.apple.com/in/app/grc-bis/id1465268513. The BIS App makes reference to HURIDOCS in the 'storage of information/evidence' section of the App!