Human Rights Supported by International Space Law and Remote Sensing

An analysis of human rights is proposed from the perspective of international space law and how remote sensing data may support courts since they can provide much needed relief and have already been used numerous times in legal proceedings to support judges in finding fair judgement. Satellite data has been beneficial for the International Court of Justice to determine the evolution of border issues or territorial disputes. The use of satellite imagery can also be helpful as evidence and to prove the violation of human rights (monitoring of refugees in crisis areas, illicit arm traffic, demolishing of houses, human trafficking), provide evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity and attacks against peacekeepers. Furthermore, in relation to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) satellite imagery would be useful to support and built “just, equitable and more inclusive institutions”.