It seems we only hear bad news in regards to human rights activists, as in the case of Natalia Estemirova, who was abducted in Chechnya on July 15, 2009 and brutally murdered. A Swedish organization, Civil Rights Defenders, went hard to work to solve the issue of protecting activists and it looks like they may have come up with some technology that will do just that.
The Natalia Project bracelet has built in GPS and GSM antennas. If any of the bracelet’s alarms are triggered, including tampering with the lock, Selected people in the area receive the alarm signal via smartphone app and can quickly get to the location of the attack. At the same time, the alarm signal is sent to the Civil Rights Defenders headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Civil Rights Defenders will then confirm the severity of the situation and inform everyone who signed up for notifications via social media to get the word out.
The main issue with these assaults, abductions and murders is that no one knows what’s happening until it’s too late. Civil Rights Defenders initially plan on equipping thirty bracelets with a goal of fifty-five by the end of 2014. Check out their website here and the video below.