Amnesty International - Eyes On Darfur
Amnesty International's unprecedented Eyes On Darfur project leverages the power of high-resolution satellite imagery to provide unimpeachable evidence of the atrocities being committed in Darfur – enabling action by private citizens, policy makers and international courts. Eyes On Darfur also breaks new ground in protecting human rights by allowing people around the world to literally "watch over" and protect twelve intact, but highly vulnerable, villages using commercially available satellite imagery.
Since it’s launch, the website has garnished international media attention from the Associated Press, ABC news, NPR, Al Jazeera, Washington Post, and many others. The website was also used as a centerpiece in the United Nations special assembly meeting last summer that helped pass a U.N. action to send international peacekeepers into Darfur—proving that technology and advocacy efforts can merge to create meaningful change. Amnesty International has been at the forefront of efforts to wed human rights work with satellite technology as well as on-the-ground video and photo-documentary testimony. The Eyes of Darfur team worked closely on the project with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which offered expertise on cutting edge geospatial technologies in order to reveal visual information about conditions on the ground.