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Satellites provide new tools for investigating and exposing human rights violations



Satellite Images from Aleppo, Syria, from July-August 2012

Watching Syria’s War (The New York Times)

D.I.Y Eye in the Sky (Cabinet/Beirut)

Using Satellite Imagery to Document Destruction in Syria (PBS Newshour)

Satellites Offer New Window Into Documenting, Preventing Genocide (PBS)

Syria: new satellite images from Aleppo reveal hundreds of shell craters (Amnesty International)

Amnesty International releases satellite images of Syria bombing in Aleppo (The Independent)




Satellite images by EyeQ/GeoEye from Sept. 22, 2011 (after this airstrike)

Errant NATO Airstrikes in Libya: 13 Cases

An on-the-ground examination by The New York Times of sites across Libya that were the targets of NATO airstrikes found evidence that the air campaign was not as flawless as NATO has described. The Times found credible accounts of dozens of civilians killed in several distinct attacks, of an attack on rebels and an ambulance that NATO explicitly denied, and of structures that seem to have been hit by mistake.



Eyes on Darfur

Before and after satellite imagery gathered by Amnesty International.


Tom Bearden reports on the push to use private satellites to document genocide from space. (PBS Newshour March 17 2011)