For Immediate Release
December 9, 2019
Contact: Brian Silverman, Rotman
Global Database of Atrocities on Cameroon Crisis
(Toronto) On the eve of Human Rights Day 2019, University of Toronto faculty in
Canada today launch a global Database of Atrocities to collect and store documentation
on killings and other atrocities being perpetrated in the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon,
The information is being collected to counter the culture of impunity that has pervaded
this crisis since 2016. It is being collected in the spirit of promoting non-violence,
justice, and peace.
The database will aggregate, verify, secure, and publish information about atrocities
or crimes against humanity committed by Cameroonian military and non-state armed
groups. It is non-partisan and apolitical. All documentation will be securely stored
and published online with four main objectives in mind: international justice processes;
a possible national truth, justice, and reconciliation commission; advocacy, journalism,
academic research; and deterrence from further violence and gross impunity.
Individuals or organizations with photos, videos, documents, or other proof of atrocities
from October 2016 to present from Cameroon's Anglophone North-West Region and South-West
Region, can anonymously and securely upload them to the database.
Anyone, anywhere, any time, can upload photos, videos, and documents.
The information is verified by a team of open source researchers.
Once validated, the information is published online in the database and can be viewed
by anyone, anywhere, any time.
NO identifying information will be collected from people who upload. The Database
of Atrocities is hosted at University of Toronto because of its strong cybersecurity
systems, neutrality, and location in Canada.
No member of the database team is affiliated with the government of Cameroon or
any other warring party. Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps (University
of California-Berkeley, University of Toronto, University of Pretoria, University
of Essex) in conjunction with University of Toronto will be responsible for verification
University of Toronto and its partner universities and nonprofits, including the
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA), are committed to protecting
those suffering from violence and promoting human rights and peace.
To upload photos, videos, or documents to the database, go to https://cameroondatabase.ushahidi.io/posts/create/4
For more information on the database, go to: https://research.rotman.utoronto.ca/Cameroon/
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