War and Occupation

The organised violence of war and military occupations entail the potential for great abuses of power on vulnerable populations.
GLAN is especially interested in the participation of powerful actors who contribute to the commission of violations of international law for political or economic profit. These include states or corporations in the global north who act as accessories to violations of human rights and the law of war.

The UK government can either rely on discredited Saudi assurances or listen to those who have documented painstakingly the constant civilian deaths caused by coalition airstrikes.

Gearóid Ó Cuinn, Director of GLAN



GLAN is developing a broad strategy aimed a and commencing legal accountability efforts targeting powerful actors who contribute to violations of international law in Yemen. 

July 10, 2020

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) joins other human rights organisations in expressing our dismay at the recent reinstatement of arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the UK government. British weapons have formed an integral part of a devastating bombing campaign in Yem...

April 30, 2020

Al-Haq and GLAN’s new report, Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: Guidance for Upholding Human Rights, closely examines the economies of three situations of occupation - in Russian-annexed Crimea, Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, and Israeli-occupied Palestinian te...

April 6, 2020

Amid the global threat posed by COVID-19, Bahraini authorities should release human rights defenders, opposition activists, journalists and all others imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, a coalition of 20 ri...

October 1, 2019

The undersigned organisations express their serious concern and disappointment that the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights did not transmit to the Human Rights Council, at its 42nd session, the database of all businesses engaged in listed activities related to...

September 6, 2019

GLAN and theEuropean Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) released today, 6 September 2019, an open letter to Messe Berlin GmbH, the organiser of the leading Fruit Logistica trade show, and its Ombudsperson. The letter addresses allegations of illegal conduct by one...

August 15, 2019

The Global Legal Action Network and Mwatana for Human Rights have submitted new evidence to the UK Government regarding the extent of apparently unlawful attacks carried out by the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in Yemen. Based on documentation collected in Yemen, including witness inter...

April 30, 2019

Today we launch a new website called the 'Yemen project' dedicated to hosting a collection of expert open-source investigations of the Saudi-led Coalition's airstrike campaign in Yemen. The investigations are the result of a collaboration between GLAN and Bellingcat which brought...

April 22, 2019

Open-source series of investigations builds on years of innovative analysis, focusing on justice and accountability in one of the most under-reported military partnerships in modern history

April 22nd 2019 – Bellingcat and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) today announced the...

February 4, 2019

In late January 2019, GLAN and Bellingcat brought together world leading investigative journalists, technologists, and lawyers to combine their expertise in open source intelligence to discover, verify, analyse and preserve a dataset of 100 aerial bombardments occurring in Yemen.


October 24, 2018

The Global Legal Action Network has submitted a formal complaint against San Leon Energy PLC today (24/10/2018) for violating the human rights of the people of Western Sahara, two-thirds of which Morocco controls by force and has sought to annex under its domestic law. The complai...

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