10 January 2011 | EN | FR
Clooney: "We are the anti-genocide paparazzi"
Wikipedia Commons/Nicolas Genin
As South Sudan's referendum on whether it should part company with the North enters its second day, satellites are monitoring the region for human rights abuses — an initiative of the actor George Clooney.
The Satellite Sentinel project — a joint experiment by the UN's Operational Satellite Applications Programme, Harvard University, the Enough Project, which focuses on human rights, and a group of Hollywood funders gathered by Clooney — is hiring private satellites to monitor troop movements.
The images are being analysed and made public on the Internet to remind the leaders of Northern and Southern Sudan that they are being watched.
"We are the anti-genocide paparazzi," Clooney said. "We want them to enjoy the level of celebrity attention that I usually get."
Sentinel launched with US$750,000 from Clooney's human rights organisation Not On Our Watch.
The images can depict about 50 square centimetres of the ground per pixel on a computer screen, which allows analysts to tell the difference between cars and trucks and track the movements of troops, but not to identify a person.
"Generally, what we have done in the past is an after-the-fact documentation exercise," said Lars Bromley, an imagery analyst with the UN. "This is proactive, wide-area monitoring."
Clooney believes Sentinel might have applications in other global hot spots.
"This is as if this were in 1943 and we had a camera inside Auschwitz and we said: OK, if you guys don't want to do anything about it, that's one thing, but you can't say you did not know," he said.
See below for an ABC video of George Clooney on Satellite Sentinel project:
keji ( Sudan )
19 January 2011
i think it is a good idea to look into the Southern Sudan referrendum and see that no violence is taking place it is bad enough for Southern Sudan to go back to war or cause any human crimes to their peolpe and it is better to look for sustainable development.
Thanks God that it ends up peacefully only waiting for the result.
Saif ( Saudi Arabia )
31 January 2011
That is great, because this is the only way to keep the ruling gang in North Sudan lead by the intenational fugitive Omar Albashir away and prevent them from harassing the new state of the South Sudan. They will not stop unless they know that they are being watched.
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