The unique feature of this center is the satellite-imaging component,
which is designed to take photographs of massive human rights violations
as they unfold. This type of technology has never before been employed
by a nonprofit humanitarian organization because it has only been
declassified in the past two years. Top genocide scholars have endorsed
this new means as having significant practical application for genocide
prevention. The Carnegie Endowment and the European Commission called
a conference in 1999 calling for the use of this technology for humanitarian
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  Satellite imaging can be used to determine
events in remote areas where the international press may not have
access. For example, the next images show a series of close-ups that
display how useful satellite imaging can be in the confirmation of
the destruction of property. The first image shows Africa as a whole.
Next is a close up of Sudan.
This close-up of the Sudan landscape shows a village
near a mountain range. Then a closer view of the village.
  This one meter resolution image is
an example of how clearly one can determine property destruction of
one building. One can clearly discern that the building in the middle
of the image has been destroyed. Massive human rights violations on
a much larger scale would be much easier to confirm. During the summer
of 2001, we will see the introduction of half-meter resolution imaging
which will produce an image with twice as much detail as these. Clearly,
this type of imagery will make human rights violations in remote areas
easier to determine. While there remain drawbacks such as cloud coverage,
foliage and night time footage, there are clear ways around most of
these obstacles to good images.

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