In the last three days of the Sri Lankan civil war, as thousands of people surrendered to government authorities, hundreds of people were put on buses driven by Army officers. Many were never seen again.
At the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, we've been holding heads of state accountable for human rights violations for a quarter century. And now we're prepared to do the same in the United States.
Our work is cut out for us: we're showing how data is misused to reinforce racial discrimination in policing, in criminal justice determinations-—work that is more relevant and necessary than ever.
We've provided critical evidence in the prosecution of dictators like Slobodan Milosevic for ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide in Guatemala, Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity in Chad. And we are providing the most accurate counts of killings in Colombia and Syria, and homicides by police in the US. This evidence will be ready when these societies come to terms with their past.
Facts do matter. And leaders need to be held to account. We need you to help us get this message out and support our work. Will you consider us in your end-of-year giving?