Overview
Prior to the use of satellite imaging an array of complementing sources of information will be compiled to establish a firm basis for further research into the possibility of genocide in a particular area. Information sources will include daily press reports, wire release, government sources, reputable on line news services, human rights reports, periodicals and scholarly research on the area in question. This undertaking is the most staff intensive part of the center. Using a technical, nonpolitical, non-religious based standard, the center will search for trends toward genocide among the twenty-five to fifty nations being tracked. The center will concentrate research on the top areas where indicators of genocide are presents. The standards, definition and indicators will be available at all times to the public via the Internet and are the result of research of human rights and genocide scholars and experts reaching back for over twenty years. Scholar, trained staffs and interns will compile reports, confirm human rights violations and track them on a human rights violation tracking chart. The center will use a refined UN standard of genocide on warn of situations of imminent genocide and occurring genocide to the public at large, the UN Security Council, the media and member nations of the UN.
 
Four Tiers of Genocide Identification
FIRST TIER — FULL SCALE GENOCIDE
The Center recognizes the 1949 UN Convention on Genocide’s definition as "full-scale" genocide. Any of the following acts with the intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. Also included is the category of ideological genocide.
SECOND TIER — DE FACTO MILITARY GENOCIDE
The Second tier includes intentional military targeting of civilian population centers and/or when multiple human rights violations take a predominant toll on human lives of a specific unarmed public ethnicity, race, religious or ideological group.
THIRD TIER — MULTIPLE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
When a combination of several human rights abuses from the "fourth tier" are present, thus indicating a potential danger of massive human rights abuse or genocide.
FOURTH TIER — ISOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
When one or a few civil and/or human rights violations are present without posing a serious immediate physical threat.

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