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Amnesty International uses Satellite Cameras to Monitor Darfur

Amnesty International USA is using powerful satellite cameras to monitor highly vulnerable villages in war-torn Darfur -- the first-ever technological capability by human rights defenders to track possible targets of attack, prevent new atrocities, and save lives.

Unlike other online projects which only document previous destruction using older satellite images, Eyes on Darfur adds up-to-date images, which create the ongoing capacity to protect human rights by allowing activists, experts, and others to track developments on the ground as they occur in villages considered to be immediately at risk.

Amnesty International worked closely with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which offered expertise on satellite imagery and other cutting-edge geospatial technologies. Images from commercial satellites can reveal visual data about conditions on the ground for objects as small as two feet across.

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