How do you uncover the truth about victims of genocide? Wired News (9 Feb) has a report on a group of programmers and statisticians who have painstakingly documented civilian deaths in East Timor.
The citizens of East Timor who perished during Indonesia’s brutal 24-year occupation of their tiny island nation might have died unaccounted for — as many civilians do in military conflicts around the world. But a group of determined programmers and statisticians refused to let that happen. On Thursday, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group released a report documenting over 102,000 civilian deaths in the former Portuguese colony, which occurred from a year prior to the Indonesian army’s invasion in 1975, to the country’s 1999 independence referendum that formally ended the occupation.