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Human rights campaigners and scientists are teaming up to investigate possible human rights violations in isolated places using satellite images. More at nytimes.com/dotearth

Human rights campaigners and scientists are teaming up to investigate possible human rights violations in isolated places using satellite images. More at nytimes.com/dotearth

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  • Nytimes.com/DotEarth The Science and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is using satellite images to assess claims of human-rights abuses. More at shr.aaas.org
    • 2006 (Copyright © 2006 DigitalGlobe)
    In 2006, they used DigitalGlobe images to show the destruction of a large settlement, Porta Farm, in Zimbabwe:
  • The latest example is from Ethiopia.
    • Human Rights Watch, The New York Times, and others have compiled accounts of army actions in the Ogaden desert, including the burning of villages, gang rape, and killings.
    • But concrete evidence is hard to come by, except from orbit….
    • Labigah, Ethiopia, 9/26/2005
    • (Copyright © 2008 DigitalGlobe)
    • Labigah, Ethiopia, 2/28/2008
    • (Copyright © 2008 DigitalGlobe)
  • More information at: nytimes.com/dotearth shr.aaas.org hrw.org dotearth @ nytimes.com