Benetech's® Human Rights program takes tens of thousands of stories — most of them anecdotal evidence of individual and community suffering — and systematically turns them into analysis that strengthens the arguments made by human rights defenders.
Such formal collection and collation of data and large-scale analysis can prove that many cases of mass violence are not isolated incidents, but rather planned and systematically executed policy. Such findings can build strong, defensible claims about what has been endured by victims and societies. The result: perpetrators can be brought to justice, which then helps prevent the recurrence of atrocities.
No other organization dedicates itself to applying technology and scientific methods exclusively to human rights. The rigorous data processing and analysis we apply withstands adversarial critiques, helping to transform the debate about human rights from politics to science.
Our analysis has literally changed history:
Setting the Stage for a Better Future
Our products and services, from Martus to the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), use scientific methods from demography, epidemiology, and mathematical statistics to help societies clarify the truth about their violent pasts. The result is strong evidence that can be used to advocate for political and criminal accountability for mass atrocities.
The Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) offers expertise and tools for each stage of human rights data projects: collection, management, processing and analysis. HRDAG provides consulting in a variety of areas as well as standard and customized technical tools and services. HRDAG provides assistance with computer networking, backup, and security, as well as building database and classification systems, and with advanced statistical analysis of mass atrocities. Learn more about HRDAG.
Martus, the Greek word for "witness," is a software tool that allows users to document incidents of abuse by creating bulletins, uploading them at the earliest opportunity, and storing them on redundant servers located around the world. Using Martus helps countries torn apart by civil conflicts come to a consensus and rational understanding of their histories, leading to reconciliation and reform processes. Learn more about Martus.