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Human Rights Lab

The Human Rights Lab is a research and experiential learning project for undergraduate students. The lab provides opportunities for students to engage in policy-relevant research associated with the investigation of human rights violations, and the development of specific career-related skills. These skills may include database construction and management, data visualization, geographic information systems, and open source research.

The Lab empowers students to pursue and bring justice into our world. They use technology and satellite imagery to investigate crimes against humanity and other crimes of international concern. They have already had an impact by filing two Article 15 submissions with the International Criminal Court to help bring people and organizations to that court of law. Recent work has focused on genocide in Myanmar, crimes in Venezuela and oil smuggling in Libya. Pictured above is a map created of the AIS transponder data for ships suspected of smuggling Libyan oil.

Thanks to a generous donor, gifts are being matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000. Support the Lab’s purchases of satellite imagery, ship transponder data and training resources for students.

Satellite image depicts the burning of villages and homes, a sign of genocide in Myanmar In addition to working for justice, these experiences increase the skills and academic enrichment of students by providing unique educational and professional opportunities. Some Lab’s students have secured internships at the International Criminal Court. More importantly, this project provides undergraduate students an opportunity to harness rigorous academic research to produce policy-relevant information and engagement with public affairs. (Photo: Visible infrared imaging depicts the burning of villages and homes in Myanmar, a sign of genocide.) 

JMC Prof. Robert Brathwaite and 15 -20 undergraduate students at MSU run the Human Rights Lab, even during COVID-19 (it’s a remote operation).

The information produced by this project is sent to organizations investigating human rights violations, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), UN Panel of Experts, and other relevant actors. In fact, the lab’s work from Spring 2019 led to two Article 15 submissions to the ICC pertaining to Myanmar and Venezuela. This included a submission to the ICC to protect Rohingya Muslims against violence in Myanmar, formerly Burma. More recently, the Lab has assisted in investigations involving the conflict in Libya by providing remote sensing analysis for a legal filing in Switzerland, learn more about this work here.

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