• Human Rights

UNSRCT Drones Inquiry

This research was undertaken in the frame of Forensic Architecture - a European Research Council project, and together with its London based team.


  • Eyal Weizman
    Susan Schuppli
    Jacob Burns
    Steffen Kraemer
    Reiner Beelitz
    Francesco Sebregondi
    Chris Cobb-Smith


In collaboration with Forensic Architecture, SITU Research has been working with United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson. On March 11, 2014, the Special Rapporteur presented a final report to the United Nations that addresses the impact of drone strikes on civilians and the issues of government transparency and drone strike documentation. SITU’s role was to provide spatial analysis for the inquiry into civilian casualties by drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Gaza. The project seeks to map, model and visually animate the aftermath of drone strikes, placing a specific emphasis on the damage that these strikes actually do on the ground.

An interactive online platform that locates 30 drone strikes that were investigated by the UNSRCT and concurrently provides a summary of the data associated with each strike.

A series of visualizations made in collaboration with Forensic Architecture have been made into videos that reveal additional information about significant drone strikes. Various types of media were cross referenced such as photographs, interviews, and satellite photographs, in order to provide architectural analyses for these specific drone strikes.