Satellite Sentinel Project News Roundup 8/19

Satellite Sentinel Project captures the attention of major media around the world, using satellite imagery and ground-based reporting to focus attention on and promote accountability for mass atrocities in Sudan and South Sudan. Here is a round-up of recent, select media coverage of SSP.

Al Jazeera English aired its report "New Evidence of Mass Graves in South Kordofan," on August 17:

In Eszter Farkas’s article “U.N. seeks probe into possible war crimes in Sudan's Southern Kordofan” for CNN on Tuesday, August 16, she discusses the recent allegations outlined in the U.N. report of “arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, alleged house-to-house searches and possible mass graves” in South Kordofan, Sudan. (source)

A July report by the Satellite Sentinel Project, affiliated with actor George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast, claims to have found evidence of these graves, and "evidence consistent with a possible pile of people in body bags or white plastic tarps in Kadugli."

On Wednesday, August 17, an Associated Press article “US Group: Evidence Points to 3 Sudan Mass Graves” highlighted the latest SSP report released earlier that day. The AP article was picked up multiple media outlets including: Yahoo! News, the Boston Globe, CBS News, MSNCB, FOXNews, ABC News, Forbes, the Denver Post, and the Washington Post. (source)

The Satellite Sentinel Project on Wednesday released images of what it says are two piles of corpses wrapped in body bags or tarps in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan, where Sudan's Arab military has been fighting black tribesmen loyal to the new state of South Sudan.

The group said an analysis of satellite images concluded that pro-government forces are trying to cover up a third mass grave beneath a water tank.

Activist John Prendergast says evidence is mounting of war crimes by Sudan's government.

On Thursday, August 18, a Bloomberg piece “Mass Graves Discovered in Sudan,” by Salma El Wardany and Maram Mazen, , also cited the latest SSP report and evidence (source)

Three suspected mass graves have been identified in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, where government forces have clashed with insurgents since June, the Google Inc.-backed Satellite Sentinel Project said.

Satellite images captured in July and August, backed by eyewitness reports, show white bundles that are “consistent with human remains” close to newly disturbed earth in remote locations in and around Kadugli, the state capital, the group said yesterday on its website.

Also on Thursday, August 18, Voice of America published an article “US Group Says Mass Graves Found in Sudan” about the SSP report and its findings. (source)

A U.S.-based group says new satellite imagery has identified three new mass graves in the southern part of Sudan.

The Satellite Sentinel Project released images Wednesday of what it says are two piles of corpses wrapped in body bags or tarps on a mountainside in Kadugli, in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state.

The satellite monitoring group says other images and eyewitness accounts indicate that pro-government forces are trying to cover up a third mass grave beneath a water tank in the same city.

An UPI article “More Evidence of Crimes in S. Kordofan” that same day, Thursday, August 18, about the culmination of evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in South Kordofan that continue to surface. (source)

The Satellite Sentinel Project, which had reported early evidence of crimes in South Kordofan, announced it had new reports based on visual evidence and witness accounts of more mass graves in the region.

John Prendergast, who co-founded The Satellite Sentinel Project along with film star George Clooney, said disputes over the basic facts on the ground reminded him of the genocide in Darfur.

Evidence continues to mount of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Sudan government," he added in a statement.

On Friday, August 19, an UPI article “Sudan challenges South Kordofan claims” reports the denial by the Sudanese government of the accusations made by this week’s U.N. report. (source)

Khartoum announced that it forwarded a letter to the United Nations challenging allegations of war crimes committed in South Kordofan.

The Sudanese ambassador said the United Nations should wait to discuss the matter until Khartoum conducts its own investigation into the claims.

Sudan said earlier this week it dispatched government officials to the region to relay a message of peace.

The Satellite Sentinel Project, which had reported early evidence of crimes in South Kordofan, announced it had new reports based on visual evidence and witness accounts of more mass graves in the region.

Also on August 19, Reuters spotlighted SSP's latest report on evidence of three more mass graves in South Kordofan in a piece by Lou Charbonneau, "Sudan says UN agences get access to conflict area." (source)