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Drones in the Service of Human Rights

Expand A drone-acquired image of a garbage dump in Bar Elias, Lebanon, where open burns are harming the health of nearby residents. © 2017 Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch released a report this month that included, for the first time in our history, photographic evidence that we collected with a semi-autonomous robotic plane, commonly called a drone. Built by Sensefly, a subsidiary of Parrot Group, our small, hand-launched drone helped us to investigate the health risks of widespread open burning of household waste in Lebanon – a result of the government’s failure to manage solid waste…

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