The Face of the Cambodian Genocide

The Face of the Cambodian Genocide

“From 1975 to 1979—through execution, starvation, disease, and forced labor—the Khmer Rouge systematically killed an estimated two million Cambodians, almost a fourth of the country’s population. This is a story of survival: my own and my family’s....

Remembering the Rwandan Genocide

Today marks twenty years since the onset of the Rwandan Genocide. On 7 April 1994 began the worst instance of genocide since World War II, when members of the Rwanda’s Hutu majority slaughtered an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in one hundred days...

Challenges of Humanitarian Drones

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for social good, and presented ways in which drones could contribute to genocide prevention. But while there is great humanitarian potential for drones, several challenges lie ahead. Chief among...

Drones for Social Good

 In last week’s edition of this series, we examined how drone strikes violate human rights and took a closer look at instances when civilians were harmed. When most people hear the word “drone,” it is usually these negative images that come to mind, and...

The Victims of Drone Strikes

Saadullah was injured in a drone attack in 2011, losing his eye and both legs. Last week Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai visited US President Barack Obama at the White House.  Malala had been targeted by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’...

The Drone Debate

One of the biggest obstacles to the prevention of genocide and other large-scale human rights abuses is obtaining accurate information about lead-up events in time to do something about them. Placing human observers on the ground is a key means of gathering this...