Kerry Bystrom at UConn conference on Human Rights

Faculty member Dr. Kerry Bystrom participated in the conference “Beyond Bystander: Monitoring Human Rights in Conflict Zones,” which took place on March 27, 2015 at the University of Connecticut and was organized in the frame of the Senator Joseph I. Lieberman Conference & Lecture Series on Human Rights Practice. 

The conference brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines, as well as officials, advocates and journalists, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of monitoring human rights in conflict zones. Three panels of experts examined and debated the current methods and technologies used in investigating, verifying, quantifying, analysing, aggregating, mapping, and disseminating knowledge of human rights violations in conflict-ridden environments. 

Dr. Bystrom served as a panel chair for the panel "From Citizens to Satellites: Monitoring Human Rights on the Ground," which examined citizen reporting through new technologies, and featured Kelly Matheson (Senior Attorney and Program Manager at WITNESS), Abdel Rahman El-Mahdi (President of Sudan Development Initiative), and Akshaya Kumar (Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst, Enough Project). 

Read more about the conference here