Drones in the Service of Human Rights
Using Robotic Technology to Research Waste Burning in Lebanon
Monday 11 December 2017
Human Rights Watch released a report this month that included, for the first time in our history, photographic evidence collected with an 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 – in innovative ways that complement our traditional research.