Human Rights Institute Launches New Tool to Aid Investigations of Security Forces
“WhoWasInCommand.com is powerful tool for promoting accountability for human rights abuses,” said Tony Wilson, the founder and director of the Human Rights Institute’s Security Force Monitor project, which designed the new tool. “It enables a human rights researcher to quickly find out who was in charge of an abusive unit or how many units have allegations against them. It can make it easier for human rights groups to understand command structures, identify perpetrators, and fight impunity.”
WhoWasInCommand.com shows the composition of security forces,
commanders, and the locations of operations and bases
WhoWasInCommand.com makes information pulled from thousands of sources easily accessible, creating detailed profile pages on the personnel and units of security forces as well as allegations of human rights abuses in countries covered by the Security Force Monitor, including Egypt, Mexico and Nigeria with more countries currently being researched. WhoWasInCommand.com enables users to quickly search for the names and locations of organizations and persons within security forces and see how they are connect through the chain of command. Users can see career histories of people and changes in the structure of security forces. All of the data on WhoWasInCommand.com can be downloaded as well.
The Security Force Monitor works to make police, military, and other security forces around the world more transparent and accountable. Human rights researchers, journalists, advocates, and litigators engaged in making security forces accountable face a common problem – a lack of clear, detailed information on those forces. There is a vast amount of public information on security forces around the world, but it is unstructured and scattered among a wide variety of sources, making it extremely difficult for those engaged in public interest work to readily access and use. The Security Force Monitor aims to solve this problem, combining detailed research with powerful tools like WhoWasInCommand.com.
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