Challenges of Humanitarian Drones

November 18, 2013 |

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 these is a lack of safeguards that restrict their use, completely or in…

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Drones for Social Good

October 22, 2013 |

  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 it’s safe to say that the use of drones carries…

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The Victims of Drone Strikes

October 17, 2013 |

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’ education in Pakistan, and was shot in the head on her…

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The Drone Debate

October 7, 2013 |

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 information, but humans get hurt and killed, and being an observer in…

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Is Abortion Comparable to Genocide?

September 30, 2013 |

  Last week a student group at the University of Manitoba made headlines when they protested a pro-life rally that used graphic imagery of aborted fetuses to liken abortion to genocide.  This isn’t a new tactic, as pro-life campaigners have a long history of exploiting the concept of genocide, particularly the Holocaust, to get their…

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Fake image being circulated by monk Wirathu to incite anti-Muslim violence in Burma (Warning: Graphic Content)

September 27, 2013 |

An image of a group of men cutting the neck of a woman and pouring her blood into a basin has been posted on Wirathu’s Facebook page in an attempt to incite animosity toward Muslims in Burma. Various elements of the image, including certain parts that are more in focus than others and changes to…

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Pushing Beyond the SHIM-1 Goal

September 24, 2013 |

  Satellite imagery has immense potential as a tool for humanitarian agencies.  The Sentinel Project could use up-to-date satellite images to pinpoint locations that are poised on the brink of genocide or where genocide is already making the movement of targeted peoples a security issue. The Sentinel Project has been chosen by the nonprofit Space…

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