Human Rights Investigations Lab

Where facts matter 


In Fall 2016, UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center launched the first university-based open source investigations lab to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes. Today, more than 80 students from 22 majors and minors who collectively speak more than 30 languages are working in eight teams to contribute verified information to international NGOs, news organizations, and legal partners. Our #HRCLab is training the next generation of students how to find, verify, and analyze information found on social media—photos, videos, and posts—about some of the most pressing human rights challenges of our times. We’re working with partners to investigate potential crimes in Syria, Iraq, Myanmar and elsewhere around the globe. 

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