Detecting War Crimes From Space

Credit: Human Rights Watch

Credit: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch used the above satellite imagery to verify the burning of civilian homes in the Central African Republic’s worsening militia war:

Camp Bangui is accessible only on foot or motorcycle through a narrow dirt road. It is so remote it can’t be found on maps so Human Rights Watch established its location by taking the GPS coordinates of the village during an on-site inspection after the attack. It had been laid to waste.

The attack on Camp Bangui violates international humanitarian law which prohibits attacks against civilians and destruction and looting of civilian property. Those who ordered or carried out the attacks are responsible for war crimes.

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